Tomb Raider review - Alicia Vikander shines in enjoyable adaptation
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In 2001, Angelina Jolie brought video game icon Lara Croft to the big screen in the tongue-in-cheek action romp Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Now, seventeen years later, director Roar Uthaug brings the character back with Alicia Vikander, helming a drastically different adaptation. Despite a tonal shift though, Tomb Raider offers a promising if not underwhelming start to this new Lara Croft series. The film follows Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) who, seven years after her father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), went missing, finds new evidence telling her where he may have gone. Determined to put an end to the mystery surrounding his disappearance, Lara travels to a mysterious island off the coast of Hong Kong in a bid to find out what happened to him. Upon arrival though, Lara discovers that something more sinister is going on, as she battles to prevent Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) and his mercenary group from retrieving an ancient power that threatens the world. As far as its plot goes, Tomb Raider is bang average. Whilst there are some great character choices for Lara, and many moments faithfully adapted from the 2013 video game, there are a couple of story choices that are pretty disappointing. A lot of the time it feels like the film is just going through the motions in order to get Lara to become 'the 'tomb raider'. However, it's handled well enough so that the formality of her character development is by no means boring to watch; it's just lacking in surprise.
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