– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Much has been said about the eventual rise of video game adaptations. Last year, we saw the release of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, two films that had the promise to really usher in a comic book movie-like tidal wave. Instead, both films fell flat. This year saw the release of Castlevania on Netflix, and while the series is likely the strongest example of a video game adaptation, it is slightly less accessible to the mainstream as an adult animation.

Probably the next biggest video game film set to hit theaters is Tomb Raider. Film fans will recall the original two films that hit theaters in the early 2000s starring Angelina Jolie. While those films were okay, they definitely captured more of a campy vision of the character, one who wore her sex appeal on her sleeve.

For this latest interpretation of Tomb Raider, starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander in the title role, filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is taking his inspiration from the more recent video game reboot. With this take, gone is the over-sexualization of the character, and in its place is heavy doses of naïveté mixed in with true grit. It’s a recipe that is more likely to appeal to today’s modern sensibilities, and like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed before it, has the potential to really take off with the mainstream.

The last trailer seems to bring some real promise, but it’s not without its flaws. For a film that’s based on the more grounded video game reboot, it does seem to have one too many long jumps in it (especially the one where she jumps off the boat). Yes, these jumps do have the capability of implying a cool adventure, it does sort of take away from the idea that Lara Croft is still at the beginning stages of her career, and that she isn’t superhuman. Also, it doesn’t help that it just looks super cheesy. With a property like this, you have an opportunity to really ground it in reality, but with this trailer, it looks to be just a bit too Hollywood for us.

The official synopsis for Tomb Raider is below:

“Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.”

All in all, this new trailer doesn’t seem like a bad effort from Warner Bros., but it does seem to be more of a mixed bag than I’d like from a video game film in this day and age. Had this come out last year, I may be more inclined to be excited, but I’ve been burnt far too many times to get too excited yet.

Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do you think of this trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: Warner Bros.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.