This is a first impression /not detailed/ movie review.
The Tomb Raider movie premiered on March 16, 2018. I went with my co-admin Byakko to see it for the first time together. I was trying not to have high expectations of it, as I am a die-hard Tomb Raider fan, and I always try to look at the positive side of the franchise, but I was also fearful that I’m not really going to like it, or end up leaving in disappointed. All of that proved wrong. I really like the movie. I would give it 3.5/5 for the fact that it sets up the rebooted Lara Croft universe, the plot was not paced well in some moments, but I believe it achieved the goals it had for both attracting new fans, and keeping the old fans satiated enough. The plot of the movie is based on the Tomb Raider reboot game from 2013 and intertwined with elements of the story of Rise of the Tomb Raider from 2015. There are moments incorporated from both games, and it does aim to pique your interest in the video game. Personally, it succeeded in making me want to replay both games once more. Considering someone who hasn’t played the games, I don’t think they would feel much connection to the games. The viewer doesn’t have what to relate to in order to get hyped about the game. The scenes taken from the game were pretty on point in the movie. The directing was really good, as well as visual and sound effects. In certain scenes, however, the cinematography felt a bit distant from what was happening on screen. I didn’t like the editing during some scenes, however, it is not a constant throughout the movie.
The tone of the movie is certainly different from the previous two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie. In the 2018 reboot of the story, Alicia Vikander is in the role of Lara Croft. However, from the adult, witty, specialized in every aspect Angelina Jolie iteration, which I believe many viewers compare to this year’s movie, Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft is more relatable to the everyday girl. She is 21, wanting to find her calling, not yet enrolled into university, and still building up her worldviews. This tone sets the grounds for the further development of the story, given how the movie itself ends, where we will probably see how Alicia Vikander turns into the Lara Croft character we know and love that Angelina Jolie played.
The casting and also acting were great. Alicia Vikander stands up to the role of what Lara Croft is currently, and what she will opt to become. Walton Goggins, who plays the role of the antagonist Mathias Vogel was one of my absolute secondary roles in the movie. Daniel Wu, who plays the role of somewhat Lara’s companion Lu Ren was on point for the purpose of the script and story. Dominic West’s role as Lara Croft father was more of a supporting role to Lara Croft’s character. He himself is a great actor, but I believe the script itself had the purpose of making Richard Croft a bland character, so as to not come in contrast with Lara’s role. He is there to round up Lara’s ‘human’ side, one that the viewer can relate to. So, overall, I wasn’t impressed with Dominic West’s character, but I do believe it was purposefully done so for the goals of the story.
In conclusion, the new Tomb Raider movie is living up to the new standard that the Tomb Raider video game franchise has set in pursuit of appealing to the current video game industry trends. It is a worthy beginning of a new chapter in the Square Enix’s title franchise.