Review: Tomb Raider

Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons and Evan Daugherty
Starring: Alicia Vikander

Fortunately I can safely say that the latest reboot coming out of Hollywood is certainly one of, if not the best video game into movie adaptations… but that bar hasn’t exactly been set very high.

Starring Alicia Vikander as the latest incarnation of the pop culture icon Lara Croft, Tomb Raider follows the same story as its 2013 smash hit video game predecessor. However I think it’s safe to say that this version of the story won’t be hitting the giddy heights of the 9/10 reviews that Square Enix’s third person action-adventure received.

To start off with some positives, the film is a very faithful adaptation of the game, with key moments and shots from the game making their way over into the big screen vision. Furthermore, Vikander is by the far the best thing about the movie. Her portrayal of Lara Croft is top quality and her acting prowess really shines through in crucial scenes, such as when her character is forced into taking her first life.

But for every moment of good character work and acting on the part of Vikander, it is often squandered by poor writing or awful dialogue. I hate it when I can predict what a character is about to say in a film, and that happened on a number of occasions during scenes that were meant to be emotional and meaningful. Building on this issue was also the fact that character dilemmas only seemed to last for a scene, such as the previously mentioned scenario where Lara has to make her first kill, but then minutes later she has no problem taking out half a dozen bad guys with a bow and arrow. It was sloppy writing like that which really let the film down, and yes I know that it’s the same situation in the game but the film has the creative licence to find a work around.

Beyond this there was one crucial plot development in the 3rd act, which I won’t go into, but it very nearly ruined what up until that point had been a gritty action-adventure movie grounded in reality. It almost came across as though the final 30 minutes of the movie were written by a completely different set of writers, with a completely different tone in mind.

With that being said, this film was certainly better than the 2001 version of Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie and the more serious approach to telling the story of Lara Croft (For the most part) was appreciated and fit the story much better. Even though the serious nature of tone that the film adopted did cause for some serious pacing problems that often made the film feel like it was dragging, even towards the latter stages of the story where the action began to pick up.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the game then this is certainly worth your time and if you just want to sit back and enjoy a harmless action movie then this will probably fit the bill.

Final Score: 6/10 Porgs.

Review: Love, Simon

Director: Greg Berlanti
Writers: Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker
Starring: Nick Robinson

I am a straight white dude and this film still managed to leave me emotionally compromised.

Thanks to the magical world of Cineworld Unlimited membership last night I got the chance to see Love, Simon nearly a whole month before its release in UK cinemas. If I’m being brutally honest I was at first disappointed. With big blockbuster releases such as Ready Player One and Pacific Rim: Uprising right around the corner I went into the secret screening with the hope that it’d be one of them. But in hindsight I’m glad that this was the film we got to watch, not just because I enjoyed it, but because I may otherwise not have gone to see the film and I would have been missing out.

Love, Simon was pitched to me as a romantic comedy that deals with a young man struggling with the concept of coming out as gay. But it was so much more than that. At times the film often strays into the territory of “teen drama”, but these are moments that it almost certainly earns over the course of its 1hour 49 minute runtime and it never feels cheesy or cliche when doing so. The film packs a real emotional weight and significance that most other rom-coms do not, and the credit for that goes down to a dream team of director, writers and actors. Nick Robinson (Simon) wasn’t blowing anyone out of the water with his performance in the 2015 box office juggernaut Jurassic World, but he certainly pulls it off here. His journey that the film takes you on invests you so much that it had the audience weeping and literally cheering, a feat that is certainly not easy to achieve.

But what makes it so easy for this film to reel in its audience is because it is so relatable and believable. All the characters came across as real people, and really strong performances from Jennifer Garner (Emily), Josh Duhamel (Jack), Katherine Langford (Leah) and Alexandra Shipp (Abby) all help to not only prop up Nick Robinson’s performance, but enhance it. Together they create a cast of characters that feel like they are all related or best friends in real life and that is something that so many films fail at.

There is also the obvious larger connotations that this film comes with which need to be addressed. The LGBT community is drastically under-represented in Hollywood, and whilst things are improving, on the whole it’s still not great. So it was not only refreshing, to see a movie centred around the struggles of a young gay man, but it was important for us a society. This film, without treading into hyperbole, could be an inspiration for thousands of people who are going through the very same struggles that Simon did, and whilst many people in the real world aren’t fortunate enough to have the support system in place that Simon did, this is at least a great leap in the right direction.

That isn’t to say that the film is perfect though. There are some aspects of the story direction that I didn’t agree with, but I will refrain from going into detail so as to avoid spoilers, and some of the side characters could have done with a tad more development. But these aren’t groundbreaking issues by any stretch of the imagination.

If you get the chance you should definitely go and see this film, it is well worth your time and following on from Black Panther it is likely to have similar connotations for our society and that is something you should want to be a part of.

Final score: 8/10 Porgs.

Margot Robbie in talks for Tarantino movie

With the film pencilled in for a 2019 release date, Margot Robbie is now in formal talks for a starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s latest.


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as former Western TV series star Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is seemingly close to adding one of the biggest breakout stars of the last decade into its ranks.

Deadline are reporting that Margot Robbie has reached the formal offer stage of talks and would be taking on the role of Sharon Tate, the ill-fated actress during the Manson Murders which act as the backdrop to the film at large.

Tarantino is set to start filming Once Upon A Time In Hollywood later this year, whilst Margot Robbie will next be seen in upcoming films Mary, Queen Of Scots (14/9/18) and crime thriller Dreamland.


Mackenzie Davis Cast In The New Terminator

Although no plot details are yet to be revealed, casting for James Cameron’s upcoming Terminator sort-of-reboot are starting to be revealed.


According to Variety, Halt And Catch Fire and Blade Runner 2049 star Mackenzie Davis is in talks for a role in the upcoming Terminator film. The report goes on to say that Davis will take on a role “in the vein of Schwarzenegger’s robotic assassin”.

The film will apparently pick up where Terminator 2 left off, with both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their leading roles, thus confining any film that came out post-Terminator 2 into some far flung corner of film canon, never to be heard from again.

James Cameron is producing the film, with Tim Miller attached to direct and Billy Ray working on the latest draft of the script with a release date currently penciled in for July 26, 2019.