Video games are awesome due to the fact that they allow us to escape the mundane world of our normal busy lives. Escaping to the world of video games allows us to unrealistically become a race car driver, professional fighter or even a well-experienced adventurer. Video games allow us to dispel our disbelief and do things we could never easily do in real life, that’s at least why I enjoy playing them. However, it seems like Video game films have so far failed to capture that same enjoyment. Since the 1990’s a slew of mediocre films have graced the big screen, not one truly well adapting the video games we love to play.
However, I am hoping this changes with the March 16th Release of Tomb Raider. If you do not know what Tomb Raider is now, it’s a pretty amazing survival adventure game starring the main protagonist Lara Croft as she adventures all around the world and searches for prized hidden artifacts before the evil organization Trinity also tries to get a piece of that historical gold. She must dodge deadly traps, survive the harsh weather elements while keeping herself sane and strong through all of it. By the looks of the recent Tomb Raider trailer provided by Warner Bros. Inc, it really seems that the producers and designers are really trying to copy the recent remake series from the studio Crystal Dynamics. It really does seem to be showing that it’s staying true to the hardcore situations Lara Croft embraces while adventuring.
Now I am hoping the trailers Warner Bros. has been dropping are actually representing a good film. However, I will still be keeping my expectations low due to the fact that WB is behind this film. Lately, the studio really hasn’t had the best track record with its recent films, mostly in the DC cinematic universe. Some of the trailers look pretty decent, but at the same time the finished product can end up being a letdown. I’m not saying this movie will follow that trend, but I will still go in knowing that the studio behind this, known for pulling these types of tricks with targeting audiences.
Tomb Raider 2018 is going to need to change the negative history of gaming films. A video game film usually has the typical issue of presenting itself similar to the game, but never really diving deep into the characters development or keeping true to the story source material the game provides. A perfect example of this is the Super Mario Bros film that released back in 1993. Overall the trailer for that film presented itself as something that was trying to match the platformer plumbers adventure but then leads to a film that’s so devoid of the original game that the audience cannot in anyway see how the producers didn’t just work with what the original Mario Bros. game presented.
This isn’t the first Tomb Raider film either if you are someone who is an avid gamer or movie connoisseur because in the early 2000’s Paramount Pictures attempted to copy the classic tomb raider games and in some ways they copied most of the unrealistic aspects of the classic titles, even down to picking an actor who looks very similar to the old styled Lara Croft from the original PlayStation games. Presenting some of the most cheesy CGI styled action sequences completely distracted me from the main plot that wasn’t really that great either. In the end, yes both movies Paramount released made a lot of cash, but in the end, just added to the bad list of gaming films.
The producers of 2018’s Tomb Raider need to really observe the issues with the past film and try not, in any way, to imitate their noticeable issues. I think this can be a great film that benefits the fans of the gaming franchise and also financially benefits WB and Square Enix. Following the source material as much as they can is crucial, the slightest break from the original games will be noticeable to the hardcore fans of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft. While its cool that Lara Croft is doing over the top crazy stunts like the video game, try to also work on her character where the entire audience is able to seriously indulge in the characters decisions, her personality traits and the interactions with other characters. If they can master this, the film will be a sure-fire hit and end the slew of bad video game films.