Film Review: Tomb Raider

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Credit: WeAreMovieGeeks

Lara Croft, the fan-favourite returns.

I’ve been a big fan of Tomb Raider – the video games and movies alike. So, to hear we were going to join Lara at the very beginning of her adventure, I was excited!

Walking into the cinema, I was not expecting a good movie. Firstly, no Angelina Jolie – who was the most badass Tomb Raider in the first two movies.

Secondly, Alicia Vikander – who was that?

Third – why have we jumped timelines?

However, I can say that the movie was outstanding. It combined comedy moments, thrilling action and some very jumpscare-y scenes!

Even though the two prior movies have a completely different timeline of events, the never-ending mystery of Lara’s father finally came to an end.  To find him alive in the movie, it was just bloody emotional.

Naturally, the island Croft travels to (after one crazy boat journey), is located between the many islands in Japan, and is supposedly haunted with the soul of a fallen empress. Myths play a huge role in the franchise and Lord Croft is portrayed as being obsessed with the mythical secrets the island holds, leading to his ultimate demise (is he dead, or nah?)

I read some reviews before I went to see the movie about how Lara’s character lacks depth and emotion. This is true to an extent. When Lara finds out her dad is alive after seven years, she is so happy, for like a minute, and then falls asleep. I mean, if I met my dad after seven years spent thinking he was dead,  I would rather stay awake and catch up on those seven years, as well as being afraid to sleep on a killer island where I was being hunted by the evil Trinity. Sleep is for the weak.

I know the movie will seem confusing for those that didn’t play the video game, with the latest instalment being heavily based on it, and Trinity is one of the main protagonists, alongside Anna – Lara’s step mother. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but she is evil. Well, based on the video games, she is.

I think Alicia, overall, did a pretty good job at being Lara Croft. She is very stubborn, but shows that she has the genes of a true Croft.

The next instalment of the video game is expected around September 2018. I for one, cannot wait to see where the next movie and game takes us.

The reveal of the video game – ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ is on April 27.

Rating: 4/5

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