Tomb Raider is the reboot of the movie franchise based off the video game series of the same name. The story follows our hero Lara Croft as she tries to find out what happened to her father and why he went missing. I had low expectations for the film since we haven’t really gotten a great film adaptation of a video game. Is Tomb Raider our first great video game movie? It isn’t. But it’s certainly fun and a step in the right direction.
I was a big fan of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. I loved her in Ex Machina, and she was excellent here as well. What she brings to the role feels real and authentic. She doesn’t play Lara as an unbeatable hero and that’s what I loved most. In the beginning of the film, she doesn’t know what she wants in life. And because of Vikander’s talent, we see the growth of the character until the very end. She also kicks a bunch of ass in this film!(loved the scenes with her bow and arrow). The dialogue wasn’t the absolute best, but it was decent enough to develop the character. Let’s not forget she clearly has the look of Lara Croft down.
The supporting cast was good as well. We have Dominic West as her father who does a great job in setting up the plot of the film. Daniel Wu as Lu Ren was also pretty good and I loved the chemistry between the two. I thought we would have gotten more screen time between the two, but of course the story revolves around Lara. I am a big Walton Goggins fan, but him as the villain just didn’t do it for me. It’s not that he did a bad job, he was great – it was more of the villain’s backstory I didn’t like. We could have gotten a menacing bad guy with a better purpose, but instead we got the opposite. You could have put any actor in that role and the movie would still be the same.
The action scenes were FUN in Tomb Raider. We get a great bicycle chase in the beginning, and of course the action packed jungle scenes later on. The CGI for the most part was pretty good as each of the scenes looked believable. There were actually certain scenes where the camera angle matched how the video games looked. Some people didn’t enjoy it, although I did. I’ve also heard some complaints from people saying it looked too much like a video game. I think it worked for this movie since you’d need big action sequences to match how the Tomb Raider game is.
I honesty think fans of Tomb Raider will love this film. I’m not big on the Tomb Raider games, but I thought the movie was fun and exciting. In no way do I think this is a bad film. It obviously could have been way better(better villain, better screenplay), but Vikander as Lara Croft got the job done. It also makes me excited for the future of the franchise. There were a lot of scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. I had a blast watching it! I’m going to go ahead and give Tomb Raider 3/5.