Tomb Raider (2018), Dir. Roar Uthaug

Tomb Raider (2018), Dir. Roar Uthaug
Lara, your father’s gone. You can pick up where he left off.
— Ana Miller, Tomb Raider (2018)

Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost, Hannah John-Kamen, Jaime Winstone, Alexandre Willaume-Jantzen, Michael Obiora, Keenan Arrison, Antonio Aakeel.
Director: Roar Uthaug
Screenplay: Geneva Robertson-Dworet & Alastair Siddons.

A promising start that stumbles into Video Game fatigue. Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft; she is fresh, super fit, wide eyed, and ambitious. The opening act is excellent as she rejects her claim to the Croft family money as it would prove her fathers death (Dominic West). The time we spend with Lara as a bike courier and boxer is essential as it gets us ready to join her on her voyage to prove that her father is indeed still alive. Please pay attention to the beginning as this is all the character development that we will sadly ever get in the film.

The next two acts are obviously pretty much shot for shot game obstacles. The trials become more and more ridiculous as the film continues and the story becomes even more silly. Though I can certainly tell it will be one heck of a fun game to play. Once Lara leaves London, characters become exposition fillers to push the story mechanics forward. Lara's voice and perspective all but disappears as the main plot takes over.

Alicia is a great Lara Croft but the film version kind of proves that you may as well just play the game instead.

★ ★ 1/2