Certified Bad-A**

I literally just left the cinema, and am sitting in a Starbucks with my laptop open. The Tomb Raider movie made me so happy.

Alicia Vikander has taken up the mantel of Lara Croft. She embodies the modern interpretation of the Tomb Raider series. A certified bad-ass.

The film never dragged, and never pandered. It is still very much a movie based on a game, but at least this time, video game fans won’t leave ashamed. This flick has given me renewed faith that Hollywood can tackle other popular game series, such as Uncharted or The Last of Us. Hollywood is very much running out of good ideas – the biggest films are now based on comic books, or are simply cash-in remakes, so it’s encouraging to see producers turn to the vast world of games for inspiration.

I’m overjoyed that the powers-at-be let this be a scene-for-scene recreation of the 2013 Tomb Raider game – with just a few tweaks to the story. It was a pleasure to watch, and I have my fingers and toes crossed for a sequel.

With Black Panther in the bag, and Spielberg’s Ready Player One around the corner, we’re off to a good start for nerd culture films in 2018.

That’s it for now. I haven’t had too much time to digest the movie, but my initial feelings are strong.

Best wishes y’all.

Sean

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