Alicia Vikander is apparently reprising her role as Lara Croft, but the few fans shouldn’t be too excited as her second outing will suffer from the same mishap as Square Enix’s Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.
Vikander’s Tomb Raider wasn’t anything special, yet it was Oscar worthy compared to other video game movies like Resident Evil, Doom, and Assassin’s Creed.
It grossed $274 million worldwide and it introduced retired gamers to the squealing girl Square Enix has turned Lara Croft into.
A sequel is surprising considering there were rumours Warner Bros. didn’t want to make one (especially with Vikander), but Deadline reports that it’s being made with Amy Jump penning the script.
Someone should spare Jump from the leap as the movie is bound to flop from repeating Square Enix’s biggest mistake with the modern reboot trilogy.
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Alicia Vikander was excellent in Tomb Raider…
Before explaining why everyone and everything is doomed, it’s important to first acknowledge that Alicia Vikander was excellent in Tomb Raider. No, she wasn’t an overt badass chick like Angelina Jolie, but she was the sub turned dominant lass made famous in Square Enix’s modern reboot.
Picked to portray a naïve and young Lara Croft, Vikander expertly captured the transition from a vulnerable girl to Katniss Everdeen’s superior. Most of this was thanks to her extensive workout routine, in addition to her world-class ability as an actress demonstrated best in films like Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, and Testament Of Youth.
Problem is, the second Tomb Raider movie needs Vikander to be more than a young and stubborn whippersnapper who screams and cries.
But she’s not the tomb raider
Although Alicia Vikander put in an excellent performance as the young, “I hate tombs” Lara Croft first introduced in Tomb Raider (2013), she doesn’t have the charisma, pizzazz or larger than life personality to become the tomb raider.
Yes, she’s somewhat charming and captivating with her innocent and emotionally heavy performances, but her attempt at being a blockbuster heroine in Tomb Raider’s closing image was awkward. She’s not suitable for action blockbusters that star protagonists who say a lot of cheesy one-liners while appearing to be cool and larger than life. When she acquired the dual pistols and said, “I’ll take two”, it was cheesy and embarrassing rather than badass and exciting.
The closing image teased a future for the series, but one that surely can’t succeed with Vikander wielding the iconic dual pistols. She’s just not capable of being a cocky, badass heroine who is playful and overtly attractive. She’s not larger than life, and any effort at being the witty Tomb Raider we all miss would be a precious attempt comparable to cosplay in a fan film.
This means the Tomb Raider sequel will likely repeat Square Enix’s biggest mistake
The biggest mistake Square Enix made with their modern reboot was not turning Lara Croft into the tomb raider immediately after she saved Sam and defeated the big baddie with her trademark pistols in 2013. Rather than completing the transition that was initially achieved symbolically, Square Enix instead turned their reboot into a meme by promising that the next two installments would see Lara finally “become the tomb raider”. Problem is, she still hasn’t and likely never will.
As for Alicia Vikander, you can probably bank on her sequel repeating the same mistake. She’s not capable of being an action heroine who can effortlessly pull off one-liners, so she’ll almost definitely remain the young and naïve girl who is forced to grow up as she seeks revenge on Trinity. After having to endure this character arc for over five years in the land of video games, the last thing Tomb Raider fans want to see is the exact same growth on the big screen. It’s Lara Croft rather than Tomb Raider, and fans sorely want the latter.
In addition to likely making the grave error of repeating Lara Croft’s ridiculously slow and unconvincing transformation into tomb raider, Warner Bros. will also suffer from forcing fans to again endure Trinity. The modern reboot pitted players against Trinity all the time, and their status as a shadowy and evil organisation was unintimidating and forgettable, and there was no justifiable payoff to all the mystery and intrigue Square Enix attempted to conjure.
I don’t even have faith that Lara will wield the dual pistols as Vikander’s adaptation is focused around the modern reboot rather than the classic adventures. Seeing as she’ll almost definitely be written as the naïve girl hellbent on gaining revenge for her deceased father, expect the pistols to once more be replaced and overshadowed in favour of the bow and arrow.
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