Tomb Raider – Film Review

Title: Tomb Raider

Age: 12

Released: 15th March 2018

Director: Roar Uthaug

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Rating: ***** (5/5 stars)

About: Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Review: Unlike last year’s attempt at the reboot of the new franchise The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. Tomb Raider’s effort to distance itself from the previous ‘Lara Croft’ films is successful. Yes, the premise of the storyline is similar and yes, she is still called Lara Croft. But, in my own opinion, when I was watching the film I never really considered comparing the film to the older version.

To be fair, I haven’t seen the films in ages. So I can’t really do an honest comparison of the films. Which is probably a good thing because this is a film review for Tomb Raider released in 2018 – and I got to say I loved it.

I went to go see it at Genesis, a cinema in London – way better than the cinemas I normally go to, because the ticket was only £5 (only a fiver. . .  in London!!). I don’t really know why I haven’t been to this cinema sooner because it’s very nice, to be honest.

Anyway, the film was packed when I turned up, so already I knew that this film was highly anticipated.

It starts off with Lara struggling to deal with life because of money issues. She doesn’t take her family’s fortune out of pride? But this factor makes her a more likeable and relatable character. She is humble and I quite liked her because of this.  She was more genuine.

There were certainly plenty of comedic moments. My favourite line being later on in the film where the guy goes . . . “Where’s the floor?”. My boyfriend and I laughed so much, the timing and delivery were just perfect. There are other lines like this, just quick, little, maybe sometimes underappreciated. But what else can I say, I really enjoyed the level of humour in this film.

Further, I really appreciated the ending. In a twist, which is kind of unexpected but also expected. Which I’m sure makes no sense really. But like (Sorry for the sort of spoiler), but you knew that the thing wasn’t going to be some supernatural thing. I just didn’t know what approach they would actually take. So the ending was successful in that sense.

It certainly leaves you wanting more, I’ll happily buy this DVD straight away when it becomes available and I look forward to the next instalment in the future hopefully.

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