• Melissa Kartini

Movie Review: Vikander Aces as the New "Tomb Raider"

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

  • Genre: Action/Adventure

  • Language: English

  • Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Even if you’ve never watched the first two Lara Croft films, the image of Angelina Jolie donning that iconic tank top must at least be somewhat familiar to you. I mean, who doesn’t remember the tough #girlboss persona that Jolie represented? The first film was released nearly 20 years ago, and the impact is still there.

Ever since then, Jolie is seen as the personification of Lara Croft. So it is only understandable that the Croft to fill in her shoes is viewed under harsh scrutiny.

Alicia Vikander has a lot of expectations to meet, and luckily for her, she hits the ground running with her version of the famous Croft.

What is it about?

It has been seven years since her father disappeared, and though he has been declared as dead, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) refuses to accept it. And when she later discovers her father’s secret office, where she learns that he has gone on a mission to an island called Yamatai, she decides to follow him.

With a heart full of hope that he’s still alive, she goes to Hong Kong and hires a sailor, Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), to bring her to Yamatai.

It doesn’t matter that the journey there is a treacherous one; all she wants is to find her father again. Even if it means going head to head against an evil organization that has its sight set upon the same tomb her father has sworn to protect. The tomb of an evil Japanese empress.

Is it worth a watch?

If you like movies that are filled with brutal, exhilarating action scenes, then this Tomb Raider reboot might just tickle your fancy. “Tomb Raider” is spearheaded by a tough heroine who handles all obstacles in her path with an exciting mix of fearlessness, quick thinking and nail-biting recklessness.

This rebirth of Lara Croft isn’t just strong, however. She is also vulnerable and above all, human. As she goes through her first kill whilst descending into the beginning of her tomb raiding career, she experiences remorse. Remorse for taking a fellow human’s life. And this unexpected show of emotion is what makes Vikander’s version of Lara likable and without a doubt, relatable. It is different from Jolie’s Lara, which came to be fully realised, and this works in Vikander’s favour.

While there isn’t much that can be said about her co-stars as their appearances are minimal, Lara manages to serve as a noteworthy draw all on her own. That, and the thrilling action sequences, of course.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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