Lara Croft is a character who inherently comes with decades of baggage — and I don’t just mean the absurd chest size that’s tended to define her iconography.
The latest iterations of Lara in the 2013 video game reboot and corresponding 2018 movie reboot (if you’re keeping score, that’s a reboot within a reboot — and please, god, make it stop) have attempted to cast her in a more feminist or relatable light. Some of those attempts feel sincere. Overall, none of them amount to more than #feminism as #woke #branding.
Truth be told, the Alicia Vikander-starring Tomb Raider is still probably one of the best video game adaptations Hollywood has ever managed to produce. True, that’s a pretty low bar to clear, when you’re out-classing, like, the Resident Evil movies and 1995’s Mortal Kombat. But it is a mostly unobjectionable, entertaining way to spend two hours — that presents no modicum of originality or risk. Read more…
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