I was in bed by 7:30 last night, so I was unable to watch the live debut of this new trailer for "Tomb Raider". For those who don't know, this movie stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and it's an adaptation of the 2013 video game of the same name. That game itself was a reboot of the Lara Croft video game franchise and now we're getting its movie counterpart that also serves as a reboot for the Lara Croft film franchise starring Angelina Jolie.
I played the "Tomb Raider" video game when it first came out in 2013 and I absolutely loved it. Aside from those really bad Angelina Jolie movies, that game introduced me to the Lara Croft character and it did so by means of a gritty survival story that felt like a real situation that anyone could be stuck in. Now that I've seen this trailer, though, it doesn't look we'll be getting that in this movie.
I'm actually going to start off on a positive note and praise this trailer for capturing the aesthetic of the video game. Overall, this movie looks like I expected it to when they first announced its production. The layout of the island and the color pallet itself looks very similar to that of the video game, so there's at least one good thing that I'm going to take out of this trailer. And for what it's worth, that's the ONLY positive that I'll be noting with what is otherwise a really bad trailer.
This trailer really lays out all possible cliches for a movie like this. There's the whole "If you're watching this, it means I'm dead" message to the main character, there's some backstory involving Lara Croft and her dad who I'm assuming was killed by the main villain, and of course the lines of dialogue that go like "the fate of humanity is in your hands" and "the world is in danger."
Honestly, I'm really upset by the fact that this movie is going to feature some world-ending scenario that the hero has to stop. We all know she's going to succeed, but not only that, it's a complete 180 on what made the video game so great. The game was a simple origin story for Lara Croft, a grounded story of her being stranded on an island and trying to escape with her life and her friends. That's literally it. But now, this movie appears to be taking the approach of "We have to do so and so or else the entire world will end!" Give me a break with that shit. I've seen it enough in 2017 alone, it's bad enough that we have at least one confirmed for 2018 now.
Alicia Vikander certainly looks the part of Lara Croft. She's got the physique and I'm sure she'll be more than capable in her action sequences, but can we take a moment to talk about that weird scream she does at the end of the trailer when she jumps onto that plane? It just feels...out of place. If anything, it reminds me of that weird scream Tom Cruise does in the first trailer for "The Mummy". It doesn't sound like her and I'm willing to bet that it was added in post production. Hell, it's probably not even Vikander at all. It's probably the director's second cousin who wanted a part in the film. But oh well, that's just a minor nitpick in a trailer that has a whole lot going against it other than just a scream.
In the end, this was a bad trailer and I'm honestly not excited for this movie. With any movie, my version of giving it a chance is simply walking into the theater and keeping an open mind. I'm going to do that with "Tomb Raider". Video game based films have a track record that's mediocre at best, but there's that small part of me that's holding out hope for a good game to film adaptation. Despite this weak trailer, I'll try and stay positive for this movie, though I did the same exact thing with "Assassin's Creed" last year and we all know how that turned out.