REVIEW: Tomb Raider

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Warning: Spoiler alert ahead!

The new Tomb Raider movie has been receiving a lot of bad reviews so I honestly didn’t go into the cinema with high expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised! I was expecting it to be so terrible that you would feel like leaving the cinema half way through, but this film kept my attention the whole time.

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The action scenes were phenomenal. They really kept me on the edge of my seat. Lara Croft really goes through so many near-death experiences. The visual effects were also spot on. Every single aspect of the tomb and every moment of the action scenes were realistic beyond belief.

Two action scenes were filmed badly however. The camera was very bumpy and therefore, it was hard to see what was going on, like in the first scene where Lara Croft is in the boxing ring and also in the rough ocean scene where Lara has to jump off the boat. There was way too much lightning which make your eyes sore, plus it seemed unrealistic. There is no way you would have that much lightning.

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When Alicia Vikander was first cast as Lara Croft, I thought ‘Oh what a terrible choice.’ When you think of Lara Croft, you think of Angelina Jolie. A strong built woman who can kick butt. No offence to Alicia Vikander, but she’s tiny. I didn’t think she was built for this character at all. That was until I saw her in this film. You cannot criticise her unless you’ve seen her in character. She is phenomenal. She adds something else to Lara Croft. At the end of the film, everything goes together and starts to connect with Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie. You finally have the realisation in the end that this film is a prequel! It suddenly makes more sense why Alicia Vikander had to gain muscle, but not too much. She’s ‘growing’ into a proper tomb raider. I have to say, I’m jealous of her abs though haha.

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Alicia Vikander training for Tomb Raider
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Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001

Just like Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft, she is the strongest woman you will ever come across mentally, plus her bravery is incredible. Without a doubt, motivating! She sure kicks butt with a bow and arrow too. No need for guns, quite yet.

There is also some humour in this film just to make it a little more interesting. My favourite scene was when Lara walks into Croft Holdings and is immediately treated like a courier because of how she is dressed. When she says “I’m here to see Ana Miller,” the rude receptionist asks her name, with which she replies “Lara….Croft.” The receptionist’s face was priceless! A hilarious scene.

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The movie ends with Lara Croft buying two guns, and she is wearing her hair in a plait. I wouldn’t be surprised if there will be another Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander.

I would recommend this movie to everyone. It is a full-on action-packed film that will leave you wanting more. The two hours go so quickly and you want to watch a sequel to the film straight away.

Rating: 8/10

– Written by Lauren Yeates

See Tomb Raider now at Event Cinemas Castle Hill.


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