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'Tomb Raider' review: Lara Croft return feels like leftovers

'Tomb Raider' review: Lara Croft return feels like leftovers

Tomb Raider, directed by Roar Uthaug and co-starring Walton Goggins and Dominic West, hits movie theatres this week (begs12Mar18). The onlyTomb Raider game I've ever played was one of the new ones.

Review: To call "Tomb Raider" the best video game adaptation of all time is arguably damning it with faint praise, as previous entries into that genre have seemingly only ever ranged from the truly underwhelming to the outrageously diabolical.

Tomb Raider is damn good fun, and Alicia Vikander is just brilliant in everything she does. Because hair was very hard to make, they exaggerated her breasts and hips. Until she discovers her father's secret man-cave beneath the family crypt - and clues she thinks will lead her to him. That ancient Japanese death queen was supposedly buried where nobody could find her, and release her curse. The film almost gets a pass for putting a talented Oscar-winning actress in its lead role and allowing her to take the spotlight, but not even Alicia Vikander can save this film from its own confusing mediocrity.

Hollywood doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to adapting video games into movies. She can convey so much with just a brief facial expression, which is good because the script doesn't give her much to do beyond being a physical force of nature and getting beat up.

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Tomb Raider is in Australian cinemas now.

When you're essentially competing against incredible cut scenes in video games, how do you approach making a real-life movie that has to work within the reality of gravity and human frailty? The budget for this reboot was actually less than the budgets for either of the originals, which were shot 15 or more years ago when the dollar went a bit further. She's also gotten many women into gaming by giving them a smart, capable and adventurous female avatar to play. Since she's new to the adventure lifestyle, audiences can see how these fights impact her emotionally and how her skills develop throughout the movie in an enjoyable way. This is in no small part due to Vikander's charisma and charm, which carries the film through even its weakest points. The ensemble is pretty weak and all of the supporting characters have incredibly one-dimensional motivations that don't hold up. From the beginning, Lara Croft was just an interesting and iconic character. Gone are the Daisy Dukes and knee-high boots of Angelina Jolie's 2001 version of the character. West is fine in the role, but he seems more comfortable as a stiff aristocrat and doesn't carry the rough island persona as convincingly.

Soon after, Lara heads off to more exotic locations in search of her missing father.

With the success of Wonder Woman and Black Panther setting new standards for women in action films, are you hoping this Lara Croft will carry the torch?

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