Hey hey hey! It’s me again, and I’m here with a review on the new Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that was just released this past weekend.
In three words: Suspenseful. Exciting. Generic.
If you didn’t know already, this is a remake of the 2001 version of the same movie starring Angelina Jolie. I’m no Tomb Raider expert, so I’m unsure whether or not it truly follows the video game as loyally as some people say it does. If you’re looking for a rundown of what is exactly the same and what is different, then you won’t find it here. My sincerest apologies.
However, I am an avid moviegoer, so I know my way around the big screen.
In this movie, Lara Croft hopes to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance years before. She journeys to an uninhabited island searching for a fabled tomb that was her father’s last destination.
So, here is my review based on my three-category, five-point system.
Enjoyment – 5
It’s hard not to enjoy this movie, not when it’s action-packed from beginning to end, not when the story is easy to follow. Of course, there is the added mystery of the tomb of Himiko, the suspense reaching into my bones. I sat in the theatre with my jacket covering half of my face the entire time Lara was on that island, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I did scream a few times.
Tomb Raider is your average action flick. It’s got high stakes, a very good looking protagonist, and just enough slow motion to make it interesting. I do have to say though, that Alicia Vikander’s dedication when it comes to sculpting her body for this movie is staggering. You’ll see what I mean if you go and watch it.
There’s even a few people who have tried her workout routine. It seems to work.
Quality – 4
I feel like I say this too often, and as an amateur when it comes to actual movie-making technology, I can only be trusted so much. Still, Alicia’s acting was good. The rest of the acting was fine, too, from what I could tell anyway. But there was a point where some of the special effects were kind of lacking.
A lot of the action was really cool. And when I say cool, I mean it was realistic enough so that it didn’t make Lara Croft a superhero, but it was also thrilling to watch.
General – 4.5
I mean, as your average teenager (one who watches movies every week, anyway) I thought the movie was good. It was great. I was immersed within the world of Lara Croft and I understood her emotional journey as well as the physical one. Not once did I ever feel bored or feel the need to check what something meant. Sure, I closed my eyes a couple of times because ancient Japanese queens are terrifying to see on screen, but it was a good action movie.
That’s probably why the rating is so high. Is it going to win an Oscar? Probably not. Is it going to stay with me forever and ever and ever? No. But did it serve its purpose as quality entertainment with an engaging storyline and a badass protagonist? Yes. Very much so.
Sometimes I believe that movie reviews don’t account for how the general public will see it. We’re not always looking to have our belief systems challenged, and we’re not always looking for something that will test our intelligence. Sometimes we just want to see near-impossible feats being performed on the big screen.
Yeah, I liked Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. I really did.
Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments down below! I’m always open to different opinions.