Tomb Raider (2018) ★★★☆☆

Tomb Raider (2018) ★★★☆☆
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
IMDb Rating | 6.9
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu
Director: Roar Uthaug
Plot Summary: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. (IMDb)

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Her adventurer father has been missing-presumed-dead since she was a teenager, but English heiress Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), still struggles to accept that and continues to be unwilling to accept her inheritance or get involved in her family’s business. But one day, the opportunity to discover whether her father is still in fact alive comes about, and she embarks upon a venture to a remote Far East island in the hopes of finding him. But she soon discovers that a shadowy organisation called Trinity is searching for the same thing her father was – an ancient Japanese Queen by the name of Himiko, who, if unearthed, would be capable of apocalyptic levels of destruction.

The film’s shining light is the performance of the titular hero. Alicia Vikander is the Lara Croft for the new generation, and judging on this performance, there will be plenty more to come. Her physical commitment is clear for everyone to see- the training she has put in preparation for the role is demonstrated in not only her bodily physique, but also the fact that she performed many of her own stunts, engaged in the fighting choreography, as well displaying her acting chops by becoming Lara Croft personality-wise too. She’s the perfect choice for the role of our intrepid explorer and in any future films, she’s bound to demonstrate her physical abilities further, and I firmly believe Vikander will become synonymous with Croft.

The story is a little cringe-worthy when dealing with Lara and her “daddy issues” because in those scenes, the story becomes quite tedious; there are flashbacks to her childhood at various points throughout the film and while it’s all intended to give Lara some backstory and emotional stakes, the father/daughter relationship thread comes across as a little annoying.

The second half of Tomb Raider provides plenty of entertainment that continually holds our interest, although there were too many instances where Lara is clinging onto something for dear life. The action builds up steadily, and the final arena layout filled with a multitude of traps and puzzles was a fitting way to bring the film to its climax. The visual effects, cinematography and production design is right on the money, and it made for a good, if not spectacular action movie.

Tomb Raider is a good action film,  while the overall story is pretty standard, it’s a solid enough opening to a franchise which I hope has the legs for multiple instalments. Vikander’s performance is the memorable takeaway from the film, and if given a strong storyline, script and production, the Tomb Raider franchise will be in good hands. 

6 thoughts on “Tomb Raider (2018) ★★★☆☆

  1. I just saw Tomb Raider last night so it was lovely to see your review this morning. For me, I completely agree that Alicia Vikander was a perfect choice and her physical commitment to the role is extraordinary. I like how they have used the rebooted video games as a base for the story but they still developed it away from the video game. I cannot wait to see if they continue the series and where they will lead it.

    • Perfect timing!
      She is great- to be honest, I’ve not played the video games, but I’ve seen the Jolie films. It was an enjoyable action film for sure 😊

      • I like the Jolie films but I feel like Vikander’s Lara is more developed in the sense of her origin. If you are interested in playing the rebooted video games then I would reccommend as you see a lot of similarities but also differences to the film. Especially the Himiko story is drastically changed but they are both good.

  2. I’ve not seen the new film, but I do believe Alicia Vikander can pull of this iconic role and her dedication to the film in terms of its physicality is admirable. However, based on the previews it didn’t look like the film offered us anything new in terms of depth and in that aspect, it just comes across as yet another enjoyable but predictable action film. I still want to watch it, but it’s not a top priority for me.

    • I wasn’t dying to see it either as like you said, it comes across as the standard action film, and to be honest that is exactly what it is. There aren’t many films I want to see at the cinema yet, so this filled the void nicely.

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