Is Lara Croft A Feminist Character?

Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander

While Angelina Jolie's take on Lara in 2001 felt affected and forced, as if her sole motivation in every scene were to appear as sexy and cool as possible, Vikander makes no effort to be cool - which makes her all the cooler. She now wears sensible cargo trousers, and the familiar tank top doesn't seem exploitative without the padding Jolie wore. She didn't attend the 90th Academy Awards, which were held the night before we meet in London, but Vikander shares that she has caught up on the speech from Frances McDormand, who won Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

As regards the intensity of the action, though, Vikander's performance seems like an overcorrection. "So, I really was intrigued to do the physical part of stepping into this role". In this reboot, branded as grittier and more realistic, the characters are affected by the action, imbuing it with some stakes.

Lara does some sleuthing and comes to believe her father's final voyage was to an uncharted island off the coast of Japan on a quest for a supernatural MacGuffin.

At least attempting some nudge-nudge humour (cameo players Nick Frost and Jaime Winstone are pretty amusing as a pair of shonky pawnbrokers), this is still as dopily-plotted as expected and even a little boring at times, yet Vikander tries hard to actually act. That tonal uncertainty runs through the movie.

Vikander joked about shirking the typical look while keeping Lara's personality on The Graham Norton Show in February. It's a rare moment approaching levity that is betrayed by the injury Lara sustains moments later.

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She convinces a drunken ship captain (Lu Ren) to take her to the island where she finds Walton Goggins and a team of mercenaries embarking on the same quest as her father on behalf of a shady global organization. I'm a 36-C. In the game, she's a DD. Going in search for her long-lost father-and before officially signing his death certificate which would grant her inheritance but also cement his death in her mind-she inevitably stumbles across an ancient organization with terroristic tendencies that hopes to use her father's research as a means toward carrying out atrocities all over the world. I'd say this is suitable for viewers around 12 or 13 and older. She travels to a mysterious and secluded island, teaming up with an inebriated boat captain (Daniel Wu) whose father also disappeared.

It's kind of nice that Ren turns out to be a worthier character than his introduction suggests.

Meanwhile, Alicia previously revealed she didn't go home for almost nine months after winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her depiction of Gerda Wegener - the wife of Danish artist Lili Elbe, one of the world's first recognised recipients of transgender surgery - in "The Danish Girl" a year ago.

Ummmm this is what you call a very pleasant surprise.

The film not-so-subtly borrows from a half dozen better films, but even so, there are definitely ways the story of "Tomb Raider" might have been improved. The movie begins with a bit of voiceover mumbo-jumbo about an evil Japanese queen named Himiko, who was long ago entombed on the "lost island of Yamatai" and is just "waiting to be unleashed".

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