‘Tomb Raider’ movie an exciting look into origins of Lara Croft

Cassandra Martinez, Staff writer

Lara Croft has returned to the big screen. This 2018 “Tomb Raider” reboot features actress Alicia Vikander as the famous treasure hunter Lara Croft.

The last time audiences saw Croft, she was portrayed by Angelina Jolie in 2001.

Both moviegoers and fans of the video game franchise all wonder the same question: Will this video game movie be better than the video game movies of the past?

Like everyone knows, video game movies tend to fall flat with audiences. They often don’t follow the source material and have weak scripts.

They have too many slow-motion action scenes, or they bend realism a little too much.

However, this version of “Tomb Raider” is different and is a very good film.

In the original films, Croft was far more experienced in the craft of being a treasure hunter.

Meanwhile in this 2018 reboot, she is barely starting out in the world and she is focused on finding her father.

Lara had moments of true fear, due to the fact she is being tossed into a world that she hasn’t experienced before.

Another reason to why this reboot was incredible was because most of the story didn’t fall into the trap of bending realism for the sake of entertainment.

The curse of the treasure had more of a realistic impact, rather than something that’s explained with magic and that visually looks fake.

The action sequences and storyline are similar to the 2013 “Tomb Raider” video game.

Vikander’s performance as Croft was excellent.

She captures the transformation of Croft throughout the movie, especially in the more emotional scenes.

Vikander’s Croft bares a resemblance to the 2013 video game version, from her facial features to her outfit.

In the end, the movie is good enough to warrant seeing in theaters.

For those of you who have seen the movie already and want more Croft, then pick up the 2013 video game “Tomb Raider.”