Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft body shamed by Twitter troll

Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft body shamed by Twitter troll

The September release date is a good idea. Hopefully he balances Love, Simon's storylines a bit better, which we think he will. Unfortunately, Uthaug's film is remarkably simple and breezy - often generic but light on its feet and never flat out wretched.

Alicia Vikander (right) doesn't hit a bulls-eye in the tiresome "Tomb Raider". But in the new Tomb Raider movie, her transformation into kick-butt heroine is complete. In that context, it feels like a hectic, forgettable warm up rather than a substantial origin story. And that's what sells tickets for the Tomb Raider franchise.

So, thought Volvo when it was planning its PR campaign for the new XC40, what better way to get it front and centre in the United States than to put Lara Croft behind the wheel? Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, the lead actors in Annihilation, the women of Black Panther-every one a take-no-nonsense character who's fully ready to be the star of her own story.

That day comes fast.

But after discovering several clues to where he travelled to, Lara heads out on a risky mission across the world to try and find out exactly what happened to him, only to discover the existence of the shadowy organization Trinity and Richard's rival archaeologist Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins).

We end Tomb Raider with even more easter-eggs for long-time fans and a hope for the franchise's future. When Lara then discovers a secret video message from her father in his old office, she begins a quest to find answers, and (of course) save the world from a odd supernatural curse. "I'm very excited about where the studio is headed and I'm eager to be a part of it".

So let's get that out of the way: no, Tomb Raider isn't absolutely bloody very bad. But this twist is rote and not worth the build up. The whole thing absolutely looks and feels like a video game - but one in which the great Kristin Scott Thomas, in a small but crucial role, deploys her trademark cat-that-ate-the-canary smile. (West and Vikander share a few strong moments onscreen). Lara wears trousers now and no longer has the physique of a Barbie doll (even the voluptuous Jolie used padding to play her). When she falls, she gets hurt, but she picks herself up.

The film's combination of comedy and dark drama (Mathias relies on slave labor for his expedition) doesn't always cohere tonally.

It tells you something that one of the most exciting scenes is the bike race that takes place in the movie's opening minutes. Where Jolie's Croft was a kind of a female Batman, a billionaire hero complete with butler, personal technical weaponry and wizardry design assistant, and hot pants instead of a cape, Vikander's has eschewed her family's wealth to work as a cycle courier in London, completely lacks gadgets, and wears trousers more appropriate to a chilly tomb environment.

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