Tomb Raider Movie Review
Review by Myla Tosatto
Remember the 2001 and 2003 version of Tomb Raider? Yea, me neither. If there are any lasting thoughts of those movies residing in your memory, forget about them. Go ahead and plunge into Roar Uthaug’s 2018 Tomb Raider written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons. Your brain will thank you. This post contains affiliate links.
Tomb Raider Movie Review
The always stunning Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Light Between Oceans) stars as Lara Croft, the brave heroine from the popular video game Tomb Raider. Vikander is buff, smart, strong, and ready for action. One thing that makes this protagonist so different is that she isn’t a super human or a super hero. She falls, loses fights, and looks for help when needed while seeking her father (Dominic West). These are refreshing qualities that make her relatable and easy to watch on screen. Her nemesis, Vogel (Walton Goggins) isn’t as easy to watch. But a villain really never should be.
The video game comes to life on the silver screen complete with swinging vines, perilous jumps, and cold blooded murder. So, of course kids are going to want to see it. Be warned that the second half of the movie gets a little dark and there is a shoot out that some will find troublesome. Viewers that like movies like National Treasure, Raiders of the Lost Ark and other similar adventures will find Tomb Raider enjoyable. It is a straight up action movie with fewer quips and comedic moments that usually mark this kind of movie. I appreciate that not all adventures must be cloaked in humor. It is a welcome change to be caught up in the thrill of the moment and not have to wait for an actor to get out a humorous catch phrase.
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to hit the gym. I am not going to be able to make my way through a jungle or a crumbling tomb in this shape.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.