This also ties into another important evolution of the character. Lara Croft has always been tough and strong, but she was known far more for her sexy, cosmetic assets. This Lara is worth looking at not for her sex appeal but for her strength and skill — for what she can do. Her physicality functions to run, fight and survive, and Vikander is astonishingly ripped in this film. The only double Ds here are her deltoids.
Vikander attacks this role at a headlong pace, with a raspy primal yelp, and she’s so much fun to watch. This fresh, modern and grounded approach to Lara Croft has you in its chokehold before you can resist. Might as well go along for the rest of the ride.
Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West and Walton Goggins. Directed by Roar Uthaug.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language. Check listings for theaters. 1 hour, 58 minutes.
Bottom line: It mimics a video game with a fresh approach