Good day all you Geek Enthusiasts and Nerd Aficionados!
With the popularity of nerd culture character’s in the main stream, Hollywood has latched on to these characters like a plecostomus to the side of an aquarium. We have an abundance of comic book characters coming to the big screen with regular success. The one thing that Hollywood keeps trying and has failed to get success out of, is video game properties.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The most current video game property that is filming is Tomb Raider. Let’s not forget that Tomb Raider was attempted before back in 2001. Followed by a sequel in 2003. The film cast Angelina Jolie in the titular role of Lara Croft. The studios were really going after it.
They felt they had a hot property and a huge star. How could the box office not explode with the cash that was going to be made? This was going to be the savior to video game films. The first good video game movie property. The film did well enough, worldwide gross was $274,703,340. That doubled its $115 million budget. It was enough of a success to get a sequel. But was the movie good? I wasn’t a fan personally, but let’s look at the reception of it. Currently, if you look at rottentomatoes.com the first film is sitting at 20% rotten with an audience score of 47%. Not a very good movie.
The movie series, along with the piling on of game after game of Tomb Raider caused a lot of fans to get bored and tired of dear Lara. It all but seemed that Tomb Raider was going to be a game of the past. A reminder of what we loved, but that sometimes over time love dies.
New slick streamlined model
In 2013 the rebooted edition of Tomb Raider was released to the video game nerd masses. The game gave a new telling of Lara. It showed us who she was prior to becoming the character we know in the first Tomb Raider game. The reboot hit it out of the park. Using storytelling elements like those found in Naughty Dog’s game Uncharted, it gave us great gameplay while telling a story that got us invested again. For the first time in a long time, fans wanted more Lara Croft adventures. It culminated into a sequel in the reboot universe of games.
Hollywood, being no slouch when it sees an opportunity for a cash grab, decided to go back to the drawing board and create a new Tomb Raider film as well. This time Lara will be played by Alicia Vikander. Not going with the powerhouse name this time. They went with someone that looks like they could be Lara in real life, while giving the acting chops that are needed to play her. We’ve already seen pictures of Alicia as Lara back in February of this year.
New photos and plot details
Vanity Fair released your first look at Alicia as Lara from the set of the movie. Alicia has the look of where Lara is at in the rebooted games, finding her way as opposed to already being established in who she is. The photos were taken by Graham Bortholomew.
The article provided a quote from Alicia via email to Vanity Fair about taking on this role.
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”
Along with the photos there were details as to the official plot released in the article. In the Vanity Fair article it stated:
“this version of Lara comes with a new backstory, and a new motivation for her adventures: seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.” Along with a quote from the official plot description “Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”
A light at the end of the tunnel
Having played the rebooted franchise and absolutely loving it, these pictures and plot details keep me excited. It looks like Hollywood may have finally figured it out. The Tomb Raider reboot game had a very well put together storyline that was entertaining. From what I’ve seen out of the photo’s and plot details, they are sticking almost exactly to the game. The final project will be the true tell, after all, Assassins Creed looked that way until you watched the film. The reason that the video game movies have failed in the past is because Hollywood takes their own liberties with the story. I hope this one is not that way and we finally get a really good video game movie.
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