Tomb Raider 2018: Like other action heroes before her such as Bond, Bourne, and Lisbeth Salander (I think she deserves to be thrown in here), Lara Croft receives the additional adaptation treatment 17 years after the last time we saw the heroine on the big screen. Now portrayed by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, Croft is a lot different than the original boxy 90’s character and also not a lot like the iteration previously played by my all-time idol Angelina Jolie. MGM and Warner Brothers plucked Norwegian Roar Uthaug, a veteran of the action genre in his home country to direct the latest Croft venture. The film’s unique take on Lara, written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman), delivers a more modern origin story in bustling present day London.
As fans will be all too familiar with, Lara has abandoned her familial responsibilities and inheritance after the unsolved disappearance of her wealthy father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West). In this Tomb Raider rendition she chooses to instead fend for herself as a meager bike courier and amateur fighter barely making ends meet, and not really holding her own in the ring either. This aimless Lara shows a more realistic and relatable character that audiences may be able to sympathize with more as she is essentially a lost puppy. A scrappy one.
Of course along the way, Lara finds a map that leads her to follow in her father’s footsteps and search for a mythological queen in an uncharted island off the coast of Japan. As the island is hidden from most of mankind, Lara must find a willing captain to sail on the foolish trek and as luck would have it she finds her less than eager counterpart, a man who also lost his father to the same mythical journey, in Lu Ren (Daniel Wu). Most of this is expected, if you’re familiar with the games and previous films but the cast chosen this time around does bring new life to the known origin story.
With all adaptations you run the risk of unnecessary repetition, especially with such a familiar character. While the skeleton of Tomb Raider is very familiar, the quest to solve her father‘s death, fighting a secret organization with its head honcho (this time played by Walton Goggins) and preventing the destruction of humanity, the flesh of this film does retain some of its originality that the filmmakers set out to create. This ensures that they could make an interesting enough story to warrant a new franchise with Vikander. They may have also taken a queue from the latest video games which give players a Lara that is adapting to her new adventures, and is less seasoned than previously seen. Anyone unfamiliar with the video games may have their interests piqued and this film can bank on new fans for any additional releases. I’m happy to see Lara in a new cheekier light and getting her bearings, but I also hold out hope we get some more female heroines to add to the mix. For now, we can expect the possible sequel as we end with Lara find her new path/calling and becoming the gun toting braid wearing badass she is meant to be.
TOMB RAIDER 2018
|Tomb Raider 2018|
|RELEASE DATE:||March 16, 2018|
|AUTHOR:||Roxy De La Rosa|