Lara Croft has always been known as the daughter of a missing adventurer. Lara is currently struggling in life with both the law and finances. After a new clue about the death of her father is revealed, Lara has hope that she may finally understand what happened to her father all those years ago or perhaps discover if he’s alive or dead. Lara ventures to an island that will push and challenge her like never before.
For those who are not aware, this version of Tomb Raider is based on the video game that arrived in 2013. The game itself was a complete reboot of the old 1996- 2008 game series. Naturally, this reboot was incredible to play (which I completed on PS4). Needless to say, this film carries many elements from the game, including its plot and action sequences.
As many fans are keen to know, I personally feel this Lara Craft played by Alicia Vikandar is the best version we’ve seen on screen to date. The character shows more emotion, frustration and heart, a faithful replication of the 2013 game. Lara is also someone who continues to struggle, but after a wrong turn has no choice but to stand up and rise above her problems and personal concerns.
While Lara Croft overall is fantastic, the film does fall short on a couple of minor elements. Some of these include the surrounding characters of Lara’s world, including her very own father. I’m not referring to Lara’s past or situation, but simply the character of her father himself as we see flashbacks etc. Tomb Raider also has some very unusual pacing. Some moments feel correct with its pacing and on point and then other moments and scenes just don’t feel they matched up and the film loses its consistency. Our villain is questionable and, even worse, comes across as someone who is forgettable.
Overall, Tomb Raider 2018 is easily the best adaptation of the famous video game to date. Forget Jolie, Lara Croft as a character here is awesome and believable. While the character is solid and true to the game, her surrounding characters and some minor editing choices did leave me slightly frowning, but nevertheless, there’s some great fun to be had here. Fans of the game, particularly the 2013 reboot, should be rather pleased with the outcome.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden