Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Updated: May 29, 2018
Streaming on Netflix
Metadata: 2001 | PG-13 | 1h 40m
Why I watched it: I've always loved this movie, and when I heard a new reboot was coming out, I went on a search for the original - and found it on Netflix!
My sister came to town this week, and we decided to plan a fun sister-date, which involved smuggling cupcakes into the movie theater to watch the new Lara Croft reboot. Spoiler alert: We loved it! Alicia Vikander, the new Lara, is hands down one of the best action stars out there right now. (Note that I didn't say she's one of the best female action stars. No. One of the best. Period.) Her training as a ballerina is obvious in her performance, and her sheer strength and physical ability is incredible! Olivia and I both felt a strong urge to work out after watching Vikander's lean back muscles rippling in her sweaty tank top.
So, what I'm telling you to do this weekend is to go see the new Tomb Raider in theaters - but first, I'm assigning required watching! The original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from 2001, starring Angelina Jolie, is both fun and necessary, I think, to fully appreciate the reboot, which is sort of a prequel. Jolie's Croft may not have Vikander's physicality, but she's got her own brand of magnetism. She's more buxom and smug, and she never simply reacts to situations. She takes the initiative, always, which appeals to my shameless love for badass ladies who take control and kick butt. Allow yourself to embrace Jolie's bad British accent, her flowy silk robes, and her excessive eyebrow action. And then drag yourself to the closest theater and watch Vikander's Croft shoot arrows at dudes while running. You won't regret it!