But apparently, even with all the visual references to the reboot of the game series thrown in, whoever wrote the script for the 2018 Tomb Raider movie… completely missed out on the key characteristics that makes Lara Croft who she is supposed to be.
Which made Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Lara Croft in the movie even more tragic for many Tomb Raider fans because she is the perfect physical shell for Lara Croft. She has the looks, the accent, the athletic prowess and the acting background… all except the most important things that would identify her as the Tomb Raider we all know.
Now if you’re just looking at this as an action movie by itself, there’s plenty enough to appreciate with its high production value. The cinematography and action scenes accurately captures the raw violent nature of the game. The actors all do a great job with the roles they were given. Especially Alicia, she was the actress for the job. The problem is, she simply wasn’t written as Lara Croft from the game franchise.
Calling her character in the movie as Lara Croft would be like insisting some random guy with a whip, hat, and a gun stumbling around the desert is Indiana Jones without being a Professor in Archeology. It would just fail to identify with its fan base.
And the overall story gets even more butchered by the fact that they decided to squeeze both background plots from the last two Tomb Raider games into one movie.
So as a Tomb Raider fan, I would love to tell everyone to go watch this in the theaters just for the chance that we might get a much better movie as a sequel. But just be ready to love everything else about this movie except the story.