I was entertained!Plus one star for a non-objectified/ realistically improved badass female character:Alicia is definitely a better Lara Croft than Angelina,She's not constantly trying to have sex w/ her eyes and she does have REAL muscles. Alicia's version didn't show Lara just as a sex object,they didn't add irrelevant/heteronormative sex scenes to satisfy the male audience and that's so refreshing!
I mean, as far as action movies go, it's far better than the majority that get released. For a couple hours of mindless entertainment, you could certainly do a lot worse. Far better than the previous Jolie films, and as far as video game adaptations go, it is up there with the better ones.
This adaptation's USP is its progressive gender representation. Whilst the original game's Lara Croft is a male gaze stereotype (busty heroine, hot pants), Vikander's version is an empowered, athletic woman who holds her own as an engaging action heroine protagonist. But now for the narrative... It quickly descends into a hero/villain shoot-em-up where the tropes of the action genre become increasingly formulaic.
Features lots of: 1) Good chase oriented action stuffs 2) Contrived plotting 3) Asian men being indiscriminately shot w/ assault rifles 4) Father/daughter love stuff that you mostly don't buy 5) Avoidance of tombs 6) Corny flashbacks to various points in the movie during shitty "twist at the end" 7) British actors 8) Scenes where billionaire scioness pretends to be poor 9) ultra quick puzzle solving 10) Nobody cares
You mean to tell me that I sat through an hour and a half of tomb-less dribble just to find out that the titular tomb I spent my hard-earned money to see contained nothing more than Japanese herpes?! God bless Alicia Vikander for trying her best to make this watchable.
Aside from one semi-inventive set piece, Tomb Raider is a generic action film that is as easily watchable as it is forgettable. Vikander tries hard, but she doesn't have the screen magnetism to play such a beloved character. Everything else is underwhelming: the booby traps, the score, the VFX, the directing, the pacing... there's nothing special about this reboot. This saga should have stayed buried with Himiko.
Though it may have less depth than the original video game of its origins this reboot to the franchise is serviceable entertainment even if it feels more like a female Indiana Jones then the previous Jolie starring efforts. Some impressive stunts and set pieces almost hide Vikander's uneasiness in the role.
"Tomb Raider" unfolds like a video-game you're incapable of playing with cut-scenes you don't have the luxury of skipping. Like avatars, characters in Roar Uthaug's aggressively mediocre reboot dial down the fun and playful elements of the Angelina Jolie films that drew substantial criticism, but instead make something that's mostly interchangeable. Save for a few solid first act sequences, this is horribly bland.
What a slog. When director Roar Uthaug is not ripping off Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS, he's striving for absurd "realism" that does not preclude the drab look (d.p. George Richmond sneaks in a flare or two). Were it not for the last 30mins when Uthaug pretends to remake TEMPLE OF DOOM, you could mistake the whole thing for primetime Nickelodeon. Vikander is visibly out of her depth. Not buying this millennial Lara Croft.