It almost feels like there is no real understanding of which direction it needs to head
Tomb Raider is a really interesting film for a plethora of reasons. Playing host to a lead as strong as Alicia Vikander, there was a real chance to create a film with passion, power and precision; a film that could tie in with the incredibly popular video game series that started the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. However, the film ends up as a painful reminder of how often big film franchises get things wrong.
When her explorer father dies, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) takes his quest into her own hands, and sets off for Japan to discover the lost tomb of the Queen Of Yamatai. Yet Richard Croft (Dominic West) was not the only man looking for the age old secret, and Lara encounters a group that are willing to stop at nothing to get the treasure they have dedicated their lives to.
Aside from Vikander, Tomb Raider offers very little quality as it clearly struggles to compete with its adventure genre predecessors. It’s such a difficult task to take on films such as Indiana Jones or anything of that ilk, but that is the category it falls into. Comparing it to the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider films is somewhat pointless because they are so different, and this is a reboot taking it in a new direction. It almost feels like there is no real understanding of which direction it needs to head.
The opening of the film feels like a late 90’s British rom-com, and it’s this confusion of ideas and styles that really stops Tomb Raider from becoming the force Vikander allowed it to be. There’s some terrible acting, a lot of wooden dialogue, and excursions that add nothing but aesthetics.
The Tomb Raider franchise has seen better days and it will in the future too, but what Vikander brings to the role is thrilling and exciting, and that needs to be captured with a great film before it’s too late.