Movie Title: Tomb Raider
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 58 min.
Who did I watch with?: Keegan
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA
Tomb Raider is the first reboot in what will likely be a new Tomb Raider series fronted by Alicia Vikander who replaces Angelina Jolie. Vikander is solid as the new Lara Croft though at times the writing doesn’t do her any favors. The original video game incarnation of Lara Croft was not noted for her nuance. She had massive mammaries, big guns, and blew things up. She was ostensibly an archaeologist, but like her male counterpart Indiana Jones lacks a lot of the knowledge required to do the job. Vikander is more in the mold of the modern video game series where Lara Croft is treated as a much more serious character.
The story of this movie is myopic. After the death of his wife, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) went on a quest to find proof of the supernatural and/or the afterlife. He went on a quest to locate the Japanese Queen of Death, a borderline mythological figure, supposedly buried on an island off the coast of Japan because of her monstrous barbarism. Lord Croft left when Lara was a girl and never came back. Now Lara is an adult and refuses to acknowledge her father’s death. This is carried on at great length and could have been edited down a bit. Lara Croft stumbles upon a clue left behind by her father and sets off to find out what happened to him. She hires a boat out of Japan and uncovers the island. There she encounters Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) who has been contracted to find the same tomb and is not allowed to leave the island until the job is complete. The story from this point forward is a pretty good action movie with some steps put in place to turn this into a franchise.
There are some really goofy scenes and accompanying music choices to start the movie that had me really concerned, but it recovers nicely. Croft is also supposed to be something of a bad ass and the writers chose some strange moments for her to have emotional breakdowns. These moments did not seem at all appropriate with the spirit of the movie. Daniel Wu was pretty much wasted as a character.
Overall the movie was good, but nothing special. It provided a new origin story for Lara Croft and I am interested to see where they go with it from here. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Power Rangers (2017)