With movements nearly as precise as an intricately designed AI robot, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of video game favorite Lara Croft looks like quite a bit of adventurous summer fun will be coming soon to your local cinema (that will actually arrive this March). The film’s second trailer, released by Warner Bros. Pictures today, confirms that aforementioned fun.
Narratively, Tomb Raider seems comparable to Batman Begins; the first act in what will likely stretch out into a thrilling trilogy with a lead character who will add more grit and emotion to an already larger-than-life story. Similar to Christian Bale (also an Academy Award winner), Ms. Vikander should add more depth to Lara Croft’s motives and, consequently, her surroundings. By that, I mean the dangerous, life-threatening stakes in the film should be raised beyond a mere visual recreation or addition to the highly-acclaimed video game, which is saying something.
Tomb Raider just may succeed in rebranding a hero of sorts…who is kind of super in her ability to raid tombs, yet not a superhero by definition.
We’ll have to wait and see on March 16th if that analysis (along with the effects in the movie) were, in fact, a practical presumption.
Strange things happen on Friday the 13th. Stranger things happen on Friday the 13th when Netflix is involved.
Case in point:
10 new episodes of ’80s-inspired awesomeness formally known as season 2 of the hit Netflix original series Stranger Things arrive on Friday, October 27th.
PSA: Stock up on Eggo’s frozen waffles. You’ll probably get hungry during a 10-hour Stranger Things binge…
While she is super strong and skilled and considered a hero among some, she doesn’t quite meet the standard for a traditional superhero. She doesn’t fly, have x-ray vision or have a otherwordly hammer. And in the age of cinematic superheroes, despite subtle and clearly distinguishable differences, many presume that all superheroes are the same.
That idea is wrong, but that’s an analysis for a different day.
The 2018 version of Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) will challenge that generalized perception by adding a necessary space. Lara Croft is not a superhero with super powers, but a super hero with seemingly relatable abilities.
Well, relatable and attainable in the close, but still far away sense, I suppose.
Like up, up and away…