Two decades have passed and Pokémania is still sweeping the nation. Fads come and go, but this phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, as long as there are new creatures and worlds to expand. Its popularity only seemed to go strong with the rise of an app called ‘Pokémon Go’, causing many a lazy butt to go outside and a generation of millenials to become social, yet never have we had a live-action ‘Pokémon’ movie until now. ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is just as fun as a movie set in this world could be; elevated by great effects and the charm of Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the electric-type creature.
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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.
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It may have weapons, action, the look of a video game movie and Michael Fassbender, but the film adaptation of one of the most popular video game franchises next to ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Call of Duty’ is not just the snoozer that this year’s ‘Warcraft’ (another adaptation of a popular video game.) was, it is also the most mindless, confusing, PG-13-rated excuse of a movie that tries to pander to fans and gamers alike, yet can’t work as an actual movie. Besides Fassbender, you also have Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons to join the cast, but they really can’t save this film. Instead, we are left to sit through video game-like cinematography featuring a cameo by a CG-bird that flies every now and then, poorly handled action sequences with the choppiest editing I’ve seen, (which is thankfully not as frustrating as the editing in ‘Moulin Rouge’) and a plot point that seems to flip-flop with the point it’s trying to get across.
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