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. Lara Croft is still struggling to find her identity as a hero for women, rather than just a female action icon who is a reaction to men. She's a mission, not a character. Honestly, Lara doesn't even seem tangentially interested in, you know, tombs or archeology — unless it's related to finding dad.
No matter how much both the film and games try to avoid the male gaze, it becomes apparent that a room full of dudes doesn't really understand what that is. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. For the first time, this origin story at least tries to remove Lara from beneath the long shadow of daddy Croft. The new Tomb Raider movie may not rest its appeal on Lara's bosoms like so many others have. Tomb Raider or The Dark Crystal? But I haven't the faintest clue who Lara is, other than very insistent on finding her father. True, that's a pretty low bar to clear, when you're out-classing, like, the Resident Evil movies and 's Mortal Kombat. But frankly it's , and she deserves more than that. See related 10 remarkable things about the Super Mario Bros movie The first attempt makes good bank, but is critically slaughtered. In comparison, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: There's a difference between having a parent's absence be part of a hero's character or origin story — a la Batman, Harry Potter, or every other hero's journey archetype — versus having it be the only part. Yes, both the new games and movie have women in lead writing roles. The second two years later gets better play from critics, but rakes in less money from moviegoers. Batman is an outcast, annoyingly sanctimonious, masochistic, idealistic. It's a telling sign when the most exhilarating part of a supposedly female-centric movie is when the protagonist kicks a dude in the balls. On the interview trail for Lara Croft: 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. Yet as someone who has loved games all her life — despite the fact that they marginalize and exploit my gender to absurd degrees — I cannot help but leave Tomb Raider feeling a bit I'm tired of subsisting on scraps of seemingly empowered female heroes — especially after having tasted full meals like Wonder Woman and Jessica Jones. Even if you are, there is still mindless enjoyment to be found in Tomb Raider. Take her well-documented daddy issues , for instance. Both have modern gaming icon, money maker, and sex symbol Lara Croft as their protagonist, and wild-child-phase Angelina Jolie to render those popular pixels as flesh on film. I'm not arguing for a sexless Lara. But it is a mostly unobjectionable, entertaining way to spend two hours — that presents no modicum of originality or risk. Despite a truly stellar performance from Vikander, Lara as a character remains paper thin, with her every want, need, hobby, and aspiration still tied to her father. Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman demonstrates how a beautiful, feminine, sexy female action hero does not need to be constantly leered at, threatened with rape, or coveted in order to exist on screen. Each of these four examples of game-to-film have their own unique problems Clue:
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