I won’t lie, I was super stoked to see the Tomb Raider film this weekend. I am a huge fan of the video game series, both the original and the reboot. Of course I had to see the new movie.
I enjoyed it. I really did. They cast an awesome lead, who not only looked the part, but is also a long-time Tomb Raider fan. My wife teased me during the movie when I made a big deal about how Alicia Vikander got the”movements” of the character right. If you want to see an action movie with a badass chick as the lead, definitely go see this movie.
But don’t go watch it as a gamer.
I almost fell into that trap while watching the movie and afterwards when I started to replay the 2013 reboot of the games. No, the movie is not exactly like the game. No, it probably isn’t even close. There were a lot of things I was hoping to see in the film version that were missing because the film went in a different direction. I started to get a little frustrated about it but then I had to rememeber the movie isn’t just made for people like me- the hardcore Tomb Raider fan from the beginning of Lara Croft.
The movie serves as a good introduction to Tomb Raider for people not sure familar with the game or those who haven’t seen the original films. My hope is someone sees it and decides they want to try out the game, so they can experience a more in-depth version of the story. My hope is that we continue to get more badass women role models like Lara Croft in our entertainment. And I hope this inspires more gamers to get into film because we need more video game movies from people who actually know video games.
So go see Tomb Raider. Give money to Square Enix and let them make a another film so video games get positive media exposure and more people want to play them.