Tomb Raider | Pretty Decent
Tomb Raider is the next installment in a rather spotty line of video game inspired movies. It is even more specifically the next installment in a fairly embarrassing line of movies based around the Tomb Raider franchise. Going into this film I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be another painful flop or an entertaining experience?
Much like the Bond franchise, the Tomb Raider games were recently reimagined. In this new direction, Lara Croft was given more humanistic traits and because of that was more apt to get injured. The gameplay was revisited and the biggest improvement was how the storytelling improved. All of this would lend itself to improving a movie based on the franchise and I believe it worked.
This most recent Tomb Raider movie showed a bit of the Croft origin story, had fun chase scenes, quick-time inspired action sequences and a storyline that kept moving forward. The film wasn’t perfect and there were some moments that left me bored and none of the shots or editing were as well crafted (Crofted if you will) or thoughtful as some of my favorite movies of the past year, but if we are comparing it to the onslaught of terrible video game films than Tomb Raider stands strong.
With all of the improvements, one of my favorites was leaving Angelina Jolie behind. The casting of Alicia Vikander, as Lara, and Walton Goggins, as the main villain, were great choices. There were many other great actors and each played a large role in making this an enjoyable viewing experience, but I think Alicia could be a constant part of a long string of these films.
This movie wasn’t amazing and I probably will never watch it again. However, if you are looking for a rather simple movie that is entertaining you should go check out Tomb Raider. If you enjoyed the latest games I believe you will enjoy what they have done for the big screen. Now we can just wait and see if Rampage, the next video game movie coming out, is any good.