Today I would like to make a quick writing and put forth my opinion for the Tomb Raider movie released on 7th of March 2018. More specifically, I would like to cover a few main points about it and what I liked and a few of the things I disliked about the movie. Some of those things would be the casting, pacing, scenery and choices made by the writers of the movie. I might dwell into it later once I have the opportunity to re-watch it a few more times to be able to better analyze it, but for this first look, I will write a quick, short opinion based on my first impressions.
Let’s start with the casting and where better to start then the lead role of Lara Croft. Lara is played by an actress by the name of Alicia Vikander. The actress on first look did very good for me and was a nice change from the previous choice of Angelina Jolie. Personally, I prefer Lara played by Alicia since Alicia provided more substance to the character of Lara Croft. At times the acting was shotty, however, the writing and overall delivery were not bad. Of course, this was greatly supported by the amazing cast of bad guys in the movie. Walton Goggins was an amazing choice for the role of Mathias and personally, I believe he was the best thing for the movie. Daniel Wu was also an amazing supporting character for Lara and managed for the short time and the little opportunity he had to give life to a supporting character. Unfortunately, the rest of the character and actors seemed to me to most probably to no fault of their own, not stand out in any way.
The pacing on the other side seemed quite lacking to me. It seemed too slow for the setup of Lara and her journey, while rushed at the important moments of her actual adventure. I wish the writers spent less time on the setup and more time on the adventure itself. After all, it’s Lara Croft we are talking about and the actress (Alicia) did not need much time to establish her, so there were a bit more than 20 minutes which I personally believe would have been better allocated towards the establishment of the actual adventure and slowing the pace on the Island.
Now that we mentioned the Island, I must say that the location where they chose to make the set was truly amazing. There isn’t much to be said about it, other then I wish we could explore it more as scenery. It seemed like the set and background were rushed over and not used in order for them to be able to fit in the early segments and still be able to have a somewhat coherent story. The writer’s choices seemed questionable for me here, since they seemed to have focused too much on the establishment of Lara Croft, too little on the actual plot and completely ignore the establishment of the space and world around them. Personally, I believe this was a big mistake on their end and that they could have done it much better.
With this said, this is my short first look review. There are quite a few things I would like to also get into more details, like the shots chosen, the establishment of the world, the supernatural and naturalistic models in the movie, the comparison between Angelina and Alicia’s Lara Croft and the philosophy behind many of the choices, however, it’s already way too long, so I plan on cutting it down for another time.