This reboot of the classic video game is an enjoyable one, but not as great as I would have hoped it would be. This movie has excitement and action but is missing many of the puzzles and mental challenges that you think of from a Tomb Raider movie. Yes, there are some of those at the end, but for me that was a bit far down the road. The movie offers a really good start for a long stream of movies, but this one has to be successful first, and that’s not a given.

This movie gets a solid 3.5 Icees as I really enjoyed watching it, but I can’t help compare it to the movies staring Angelina Jolie, which I am a huge fan of.  The best way to describe Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft would be to say that this is a true origin movie, whereas Angelina’s Lara was already developed. What do I mean by that?  Simply, in this movie, Lara Croft doesn’t have the skills, the experiences, and the confidence that was in Angelina’s version of a Lara Croft already established as a tomb raider. Ironically, Alicia (29) is older than Angelina was (25) when playing this character, although Alicia looks much younger and I am guessing she is portraying a Lara Croft that is around 20-21.

As I mentioned above, this is a true origin story. We see the birth of the Tomb Raider in that we see glimpses of the skills that will become second nature down the road.  We see the intelligence, but not the confidence that will come with time.  I know the producers were hoping to kick-start a franchise but based on the critic’s comments (much harsher than mine) I don’t know if this will pick up the steam in order to become a true franchise.  That would be a shame as this origin story sets up Alicia for a promising future as Lara Croft, It will just depend on how many people actually go and watch the movie.  The writers certainly set up the franchise with several references to what could be a follow-on mission.

I thought that the version played by Angelina (again, huge fan) was campy, as a video game movie would be expected to be.  This movie is more gritty, which is one of the things that the professional critics hate about it.  No “fun”. No “comedic remarks”.  That is something that the writers should have done a better job of.  Even with that being said, if you want to watch a movie that is a bit more grounded in reality (such as can be from a video game movie), this one would fit the bill quite well.

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Enjoy…