When it comes to Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander may not be Angelina Jolie, but then again, she does not need to be; this ‘Tomb Raider’ is different in terms of tone, style, and source. The reason I say this is because while Jolie’s portrayal of Croft was taken from the old-school PlayStation games that harbored many a teen crush on a female video game character – leading to action-adventure B-movie fun, Vikander’s turn is from a grittier source. Back in 2013, a mature reboot of the ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise came about; spawning a new generation of fans. While I have never played the new ‘Tomb Raider’, I figured that Hollywood would one day do its thing and make another movie.
As far as video game movies go, the new ‘Tomb Raider’ is fine. It may not be the cheesy, albeit sexy riot that ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ was, but there is a sense of danger and excitement that accompany Croft as she journeys from her hometown of London to the island of Yamatai in order to uncover clues left by her father (Dominic West), who disappeared years ago. As Croft, Vikander is headstrong and determined, albeit a girl who gets herself in extreme amounts of danger. I think of her as the female ‘Indiana Jones’. She is no superhero, yet no matter how hard she gets hurt, she still manages to get through with no trouble.
Speaking of Indiana Jones, ‘Tomb Raider’ manages to take some story elements from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, from the adventure Croft takes to uncover a mythical treasure, to a power-hungry villain (Played by Walton Goggins) who will stop at nothing to feed his curiosity; eventually unleashing hell. Though Lara is no teacher, instead she is a young girl in her mid-20’s trying to find her place in life, who just happens to go on this adventure.
We live in a time when female empowerment is at an all-time high. We have seen it in films like the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, the failed ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot, and many others. ‘Tomb Raider’ is in the library of movies showcasing what women are capable of. If this is the way to reboot ‘Indiana Jones’ with a female lead, then so be it.