My favorite thing about the 2001 Tomb Raider film was — and remember, I was 14 at the time — the “Elevation” remix by U2. I can’t, for the life of me, remember being enthralled by the story or any of the characters. Well, the robot spider in Lara Croft’s training room was pretty neat, but that’s about all that comes to mind.
So it’s fitting that the Tomb Raider reboot, currently under production and the supervision of Graham King (Hugo) and Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, is drawing inspiration from origin-centric character pieces like Batman Begins and Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film. King has said his vision for the next Tomb Raider film is to focus on Lara Croft “before she became Lara Croft.”
“It does have a lot of really great characters, but it’s a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it’s something very different,” King told Coming Soon. “I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot.”
The reason Batman Begins and Iron Man excelled as adaptations is because neither film completely relied on the gimmicks the superheroes pulled when they were in full suit. Batman Begins gave us a compelling reason to root for Bruce Wayne, even if at times you couldn’t help but admonish the guy. Iron Man gave Tony Stark a sense of duty he had to earn through exposure to his company’s clandestine activities.
I couldn’t much get into the original Tomb Raider film because there’s not much there besides eye candy and tons of action (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Give me a good reason to root for Lara Croft and I surely will. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with a good reboot. Square-Enix and Eidos seem to think so.
What about you, dear readers? Did you enjoy Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or Cradle of Life? Do you think an origin story is a good idea?
Thanks to /Film for the tip.