Tomb Raider [2018] ★★★

How you react to this fresh adaptation of “Tomb Raider” will have a lot to do with your expectations. I didn’t care much for the two movies starring Angelina Jolie (come to think of it, they were awful, despite a good performance from Jolie), so I was certainly looking forward to seeing Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, and she nails it. Vikander looks nothing like Jolie, but she is both likable and believable in the role, and we find ourselves rooting for her from the word go. As the daughter of a passionate adventurer who went missing a few years ago, Croft finds herself with new clues that could lead her to the location of her father. As our heroine globe-trots from London to somewhere in Japan, this new “Tomb Raider” uncovers something fresh in the franchise: an unformed explorer, lacking polish, vulnerable to violence and helplessly human. And unlike the previous films, this one tackles a more straightforward approach and rarely feels forced. Is it a game-changer? I wouldn’t say that. Is it fun? You bet. With a solid cast, good story, and a pulse-pounding climax (think “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” type of fun), “Tomb Raider” will most definitely satisfy fans of the video game. I always say that if you’re going to do it again, at least do it right. And this movie gets it right. It’s entertaining from start to finish.

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  1. Before I state my reply, id like to point out that I am a huge fan of the Angelina Jolie franchise as well as the original games. With this in mind, I walked into the theater expecting to see an action packed flick full of duel pistols and lots of unnecessary flips. Those make great movies!! However, I was surprised to see that Tomb Raider was more of a realistic-adventure film. Overall, do I like this movie? Yes. Here’s why:

    First of all, Alicia Vikander played a very convincing Lara Croft. Not only was she able to open up and let audiences view a new side to the character as a whole, but she was also able to give the character a sense of realism that we weren’t able to capture quite as well with the original two movies.

    The whole story was also a bit different than what I expected. I thought I’d be seeing her with weapons kicking the s**t out of bad goons but instead we saw a very warm and light-hearted story. However, there were some complications around her father (specifically regarding his age and the fact that in the original two movies, he was never mentioned being seen again on an island).

    This IS a good movie and it’s my second favorite of the three (original is better than all in most cases though).

    Plot: Capturing (8/10)
    Acting: (8/10)
    Fight Scenes: (7/10)
    Effects: (10/10)
    Ending: (9/10)

    Overall, I’d give this movie a 84% and would recommend to any action/adventure fan!

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