|Directed by||:||Roar Uthaug||Produced by||:||Gary Barber, Graham King||Story by||:||Evan Daugherty Geneva Robertson-Dworet||Based on||:||Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics||Starring||:||Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas||Production companies||:||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Pictures|
'Tomb Raider' review: Upgrading the franchise
Metaphoric kick in the balls
Roar Uthaug's rebooted Tomb Raider is in fact a metaphoric kick in the balls especially if compared to its Angelina Jolie-led predecessors. It is grittier and more grounded on what women aspire to look like rather than what men aspire their women to look like.
It features a Lara Croft, played by Alicia Vikander, who looks less like a Sports Illustrated model and more like a woman who really is into sports. In fact, the first time we see the film's heroine, she is battling a female boxer, getting bruised and battered. She loses the bout, in a subtle statement that this Lara Croft isn't the best in everything. She is reckless and irresponsible. She is relatable, or at the very least less the unachievable action hero that she was purported to be under the dainty hands and bloated breasts of Jolie. (LOOK: Alicia Vikander suits up as Lara Croft for 'Tomb Raider' reboot)
The adventure she is bound to take, however, is as far from relatable as possible. In search of her absentee father (Dominic West), she finds herself in an uninhabited island off the coast of Japan in search of the tomb of an ancient empress who has been demonized by history. Again, the film makes a statement about powerful women and how the world inevitably sees them as devious, evil or controlling.