The second comes back to TV tonight.
Lara Croft returned in 2018 to the big screen, 17 years after her first adaptation with Angelina Jolie. It’s now Alicia Vikander (Danish Girl, Ex Machina…) who interprets the adventurer. 6Ter is currently broadcasting the elders, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider last tuesday and The Cradle of Life, tonight. Why did the saga from the successful video games born in the mid-1990s stop after just two episodes? Elements of response pending the replay of this suite at 9 p.m.
The first appearance of Alicia Vikander? It was in Min Balsamerade Mor at 14
When she was chosen by Paramount to play Lara Croft in 2000, Angelina Jolie has only one big box office success behind it: 60 Seconds Chrono ($ 237 million raised during the summer). So it’s this role that will make her a star. With her dream body and her taste for action scenes, the 26-year-old actress is considered “the perfect choice”. The first opus, released in the summer of 2001, was a success, raising 274 million green tickets worldwide. It was the actress’s biggest box office card at the time. A score which she will then double with Maleficent (758 million in 2014), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (478 million in 2005) or Wanted (341 million in 2008). Note that its dubbing for Kung fu panda also appear at the top of his personal top with over $ 500 million in revenue each time, so today, tomb Raider is only 10e of its ranking.
It was however the biggest success of the moment for an adaptation of video games. Final fantasy and resident Evil, released a few months later, reported for example 85 and 100 million dollars respectively in the world.
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Critically, tomb Raider didn’t get a great reception and its aftermath either: they have about 20% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. In First, Christophe Narbonne wrote for example that by dint of playing it “flawless superheroine”, Angelina Jolie really couldn’t make Lara engaging. As for the staging of Simon West, she was deemed too messy to convince. And too much support, especially when it came to filming the plastic of her actress. So much supported, even, that it ended up breaking the star’s natural sex appeal. “West makes Angelina Jolie very little sexy, which he often films flatly in low-angle to underline the bust firmly held by a Wonderbra which she changes as outfit. That is to say every quarter of an hour, timing matched with that of the action scenes. The reputation of sub-Michael Bay who sticks to West is also less and less usurped. It is only to see the opening scene, clubbing of very cut shots tail or head to be convinced. “
This mixed reception is still considered a public success, tomb Raider quickly got a sequel, The Cradle of Life, released in August 2003. Critically speaking, it remains average, even if we note a small increase in esteem. Mathieu Carratier wrote for example in our pages, with a good dose of irony: “And here we go again for a new fashion show: Barbie diving, Barbie Shanghai, Barbie safari … Exoticism is at its maximum. But let’s answer the question that must burn your lips. Yes, it’s better than the first, it looks more like a movie and there is even a screenplay. We would have just appreciated that Jean De Bont deigned to shoot action scenes. The spectacular direction of the director of Speed seems far away… “
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At the box office, Tomb Raider 2 ultimately made $ 100 million less than the first installment. With 156.5 million raised on the planet, he reimburses his budget of 100 million, but that is not enough to continue the adventure. Especially since the film star is targeting other projects. In addition to continuing to rely on action films, such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which is very successful, or Wanted, which she carries on her shoulders, she multiplies the independent productions that are close to her heart, such as Without border, a documentary on humanitarian aid in Africa, which shows the growing implication ofAngelina Jolie in this domain. She also signs for more dramas,An undefeated heart at The Exchange, from Clint Eastwood.
Meanwhile, video games tomb Raider move from Core Design to Crystal Dynamics and new episodes are released regularly. Until the reboot of 2013, strongly inspired by the blockbusters of its time and which served as the basis for the film which is released today. Lara appears younger and more human, less “superhero” than in the versions worn by Jolie. This does not prevent this reboot 2.0 from also having some faults. Extract of our critic, signed Gaël Golhen : “Less sexualized than Angelina Jolie, less braced on her fitness poses, Alicia Vikander manages to embody this pixel icon with a proud look or little cries uttered during the fights. Other times, other customs But even if Vikander takes his needle out of the game, the film remains the by-product of a myth that continues to go beyond it. “