As far as film remakes go, they should always be seen as risky business, why? because they create room for comparison, and this is not always a great thing. The moment a studio starts to toy with the things that caused the success of a cult-classic franchise, there would be no subtle criticism. My buzz review of Tomb Raider is about a film appears to be put together for simple-minded audiences, with too much time on their hands.
Tomb Raider takes off with an interesting story arc that audiences who are all too familiar with the recent Tomb Raider games would be familiar with. The story builds up the potentially edgy, mind -blowing climax which the audiences never get. This reboot prides itself and almost even piggy backs off the past glory of an already successful franchise with almost no new forms of creativity.
Instead, Tomb Raider out rightly meddles with the fundamentals of the franchise by dishing out a plot with a grounded reality, while stretching the limits of a non-enhanced protagonist. This seriously had me torn as it was obvious that the writers almost had differing views on what the tone of the film should have been. The saving grace for Tomb Raider was its ability to strike a climatic balance that forms an average foundation for future sequels to build from (hopefully, they learn early).
Tomb Raider sports a cast line up that does not exactly scream big “budget”, but rather shows how well Film Director; Roar Uthaug can put together a team of people who’s acting could make make poor script-writing almost entirely forgivable. Oscar-winning actress; Alicia Vikander properly executes one of the most dauntless fictional characters in cinematic history as Lara Croft. She takes on her role with a steady dose of well-rounded intelligence and breath-taking Carpe Diem stunts which she pulls off mostly without the help of stunt doubles.
Alicia shows a rare kind of dedication to her character that makes audience want to see more of her, she renders an unapologetically bad ass performance that works well for an origin story. As for those of you who want a direct comparison with Angelina Jolie’s performance, Alicia renders a less experienced Lara Croft with a potential for skillful development into Angelina’s Version. Other performances include Daniel Wu as Lu Ren gave a very basic performance for a supporting role.
Walton Goggins as Matthias Vogel never breathes enough life into his character as the villain of the story. Much of this can still be blamed on the script writing, as most of Matthias’ backstory never sees the light of day. Tomb Raider ended up with a villain that had too little motivations to be considered that much of a threat to Lara (Guns aren’t enough people!).
Nonetheless, my buzz review of Tomb Raider is an account of a film that manages to comfortably stretch the lines of cinematic realism. Unlike the former versions of the film, Tomb Raider replaces most of the unexplained mythologies of the originals and with a concrete, grounded and completely explainable story arc. Tomb Raider is far from being perfect, however, the only consolation is that its flaws are fixable. Hopefully, they’d get it right next time.
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Buzzers Consensus:(3 / 5)
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Official Synopsis of Tomb Raider:
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.
Official Trailer of Tomb Raider: