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Making her third leap to the big screen, courtesy of a cinematic reboot, Lara Croft is back in action and a Tomb Raider will rise! But is this would-be blockbuster a true successor to the throne, or is it back to the drawing board for the Croft legacy, and video game films overall? Well, that's what we're here to find out, as it's time to rate and discuss Tomb Raider with yo. If you've seen the film, feel free to head on in. However, if you haven't, and would like to avoid any spoilers, now's the time to turn back.
Typically, a film adapted from a best selling game would be ripe for critical panning, as we've seen with such films as the Resident Evil franchise. That bit of history in mind, it seems like the new Tomb Raider has made a home on the more generous side of the critical scale. However, in our official review on the film, our Sean O'Connell still walked away from the film with some reservations. In particular, his opinion of the film came down to the following:
For all of its dedication to breathing life into the game, the movie Tomb Raider doesn't establish its own sense of adventure, or dial into a genuine rush or tingle that comes with watching an action movie.
With that in mind, it's time to move onto the portion of this feature. This is where we ask you, the audience, to answer some discussion questions that pertain to Tomb Raider and how the film fares in your opinion. After seeing the film, feel free to answer the following questions in the comments section at the end.
How well did Tomb Raider capture the spirit of the actual game?
Where does Tomb Raider rank in your list of best video game movies?
Do you think video games can actually be translated into watchable movies?
Who's the better Lara Croft: Angelina Jolie or Alicia Vikander?
Which incarnation of Tomb Raider do you prefer?
Along with your answers to those questions, we'd like you to rate how much you enjoyed Tomb Raider on a scale of 0 to 5. Take our poll below to record your rating, and don't forget to share your result alongside your answers to the discussion questions above.
Before we leave you for the weekend, we'd like to suggest further reading to quench your thirst for Tomb Raider content. In particular, our own Conner Schwerdtfeger spoke with Alicia Vikander about what she thought about the alleged "video game curse" when it comes to movies such as this one. Also, Vikander admitted to one particular aspect of Tomb Raider's production being the hardest for her to complete, which you can also read about through our coverage. And finally, if you're curious about whether or not Angelina Jolie was a natural choice for the role of Lara Croft the first time out, the director of the first film - Simon West - recently admitted to his feelings on the matter.