Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Previously featured on F.E.M.M site before its release, Tomb Raider is now in theaters and can be written in so many angles, I had to break this thing into two.
While Tomb Raider has opened a pretty good weekend at the box office with a gross of almost $24 million, it seems to still have some convincing to do. This year’s Tomb Raider was a some how a hit and miss. Before I start, however, there have been too many reviews discussing how Tomb Raider is failing in the light of Black Panther as to two films are in different lanes. That is an unfair comparison and quite frankly, is “reaching” and seems to be there just to start a fire. Moving on.
The storyline, does well with including information gathered from the 2013 game: Tomb Raider as well as the 2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider. There unfortunately was way too much information from two games to try to fit in one movie. I have played both games and at times, I felt, there were scenes that, had you not played either of the games, you would be totally lost in the story line. For those who want to get straight into the action, the story does take a while to actually build up to tomb action. An hour and some change was just not enough time to fully capture the depth I was looking for. Sad day.
I will not spoil the rest of the story line (yet), but I can tell you that the choice of actor was spot on. Alice Vikander, recently made an Academy Award Winner, embodies the Laura Croft of the video games in voice and movement. She also resembles video Laura just a tad bit. Richard Croft (Dominic West) does make an appearance. I struggle with the fact that in the film, Laura wants nothing to do with her dad's fortune, perhaps out of denial or defiance and the meat of what made Lara Croft, Lara Croft. Either way, there will be another post here to hold a magnifying glass to the film's content in film versus the games. All in all, this film certainly could have done much better, but it was visually entertaining at the very least.
(Another game announced: Shadow of the Tomb Raider)
It would be a stretch, also, to compare this year’s Tomb Raider film to the 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie in terms of general review, as they are based on a Lara Croft of two different eras: before and after Laura raids her first tomb. They are also different in the fact that the first film gross over $131 million. There have been plenty video game movie adaptations with box office successes and failures: Assassin’s Creed, throwback to Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil for example. Stay tuned for part two in the next article.