Vikander takes on the iconic role replacing Angelina Jolie in the reboot incarnation of the hit video game. I’m a big fan of the first two Tomb Raider movies. They’re guilty pleasures but they’re fun as hell. I was excited to see this new reboot and Alicia is one of my favorite actresses working today. She’s perfect as Lara Croft and she prepared intensely for the role and you can tell while watching the film. She’s great in this movie and gives it her all and she’s the reason why this movie works so well.
After the disappearance of her father, Lara Croft is trying to make ends meet before learning that her dad has been searching for a mysterious island in search of a secret tomb where a queen that has the power over life or death lies buried. She decides to embark on a perilous journey and her travels will turn her into the iconic Tomb Raider.
Video Game movies have never been great art. Mortal Kombat and the first two Tomb Raiders are the few exceptions, but otherwise bad video game movies are always terrible. This new incarnation is actually fairly decent and while the script needs work, it’s a well-directed and entertaining action/adventure film.
The filmmakers do a good job to make you care about Lara and make her feel like a real character and not just a superhero. She has real problems but we also see her training and do all kinds of sports to keep herself fit, for when she arrives to the island, you can buy how she can survive these impossible situations that nobody else would survive. Is it always logical? No. Absolutely not. But in the game wasn’t logical either and she survived so much so it’s consistent with the source material.
The action is fun and is entertaining to watch even though the script sometimes doesn’t really give us more meat in the story. It’s very far-fetched and a bit convoluted and some of the dialogue is really cheesy but I had fun watching this movie and I cared about what was going to happen to Lara Croft.
Dominic West who is also in The Wire is great as her father and he has a pivotal role in this film, much bigger than I originally thought. Walton Goggins is great as the villain even though he’s a standard action movie villain and doesn’t have much to do except be intimating. Not much time is spent on developing his character and that’s fine. Lara Croft is the focus of this film as she should be.
Overall, Tomb Raider is a fun, exciting action/adventure film that is boosted by Alicia Vikander’s terrific performance and some exciting action set pieces even if the script and the villain are somewhat underwhelming, it’s still one of the best video game adaptations we’ve ever had.