Alicia Vikander gets tough in the first ‘Tomb Raider’ trailer: love it or hate it?

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First, let’s discuss this absolutely horrid poster which was released earlier this week. Alicia Vikander spent the better part of a year filming Tomb Raider, the reboot of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider franchise. Angelina Jolie was the OG Lara Croft in the first two films, and I always wished that she would have made a third film (even though I think the second film sort of did mediocre box office). The property languished for more than a decade at MGM/Warner Bros before they handed it off to Alicia Vikander and her QEII-esque accent. The first poster came out this week and this is a Photoshopped mess. Are we supposed to believe that Vikander was able to remake her body into something taller, veinier, and with a long dinosaur neck? Who is responsible for this? It looks like they just popped her head onto a dude’s body.

And now the first trailer has been released. This franchise-reboot reflects a reboot of the video game character too – this version of Lara isn’t supposed to be so good at adulting, like Jolie’s Lara was. Jolie’s Lara lived in a palatial English estate, had servants and posh tomb-raidery friends, etc. Vikander’s Lara is a hipster who works as a bike courier and has money problems. Not much of that backstory is featured in this trailer though:

Eh, it doesn’t look bad? The action sequences look pretty decent, although the CGI on some of those set pieces really does make it seem like it was ripped from the video game. It’s good to see Kristin Scott Thomas, even though she basically just looks like she’s there to pick up a paycheck. Walton Goggins is the bad guy? That’s interesting.

So, will this film be successful? Maybe, maybe not. I think the original, Jolie-led Lara Croft showed that people were open to seeing a female lead in an action-adventure movie, and Wonder Woman’s success re-proved that too. If the marketing is able to tap into those “yay, feminism!” urges, this could be huge.

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  1. ell says:

    looks fun, i assumed it was going be a lot worse.

  2. detritus says:

    That last photo, she looks like a startled child. So no. Will not pay to see yet another ballerina bodied size two representing ‘althetic’ women.
    Y’all got Gal, and that’s all I’m giving you.

  3. Maya says:

    I like Alicia but Angelina is Lara and I don’t think this movie will be great. Angelina perfectly portrayed Lara’s beauty, intelligence, strength and sadness.

    But I am only spending my hard earned money on female orientiated / female directored movies these days so I will watch this one in the cinema.

  4. Josephine says:

    The poster is painful. I always envisioned Lara Croft as someone … not so petite? I like Vikander but she seems miscast. Hollywood just can’t seem to wrap its tiny head around a woman with the body size to be believable as someone who could kick butt.

    • ell says:

      you don’t need to be enormous to be able to kick butt, i think this is a misconception. i’m slender and i look like it, but i lift more than some 6 foot something men at the gym, so i’m speaking from experience. daisy ridley in star wars, who seems rather little, lifts 80 kgs (there are videos online).

      obviously i think it would be great if we could see all sorts of body types being represented in media, but not because of the reason you mention.

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      She put a lot of effort into achieving that body and she has my respect. I watched the trailer and she does look petite – the internet says she is 165cm but she looks smaller to me – only in this trailer, maybe it’s a matter of special effects stuff/shooting? But if as they say camera adds 5kg, how small are these actresses in reality?
      There is no way women can win in movies/fashion when it comes to size of their bodies. No way whatsoever. It irks me and bugs me to no end.

      The woman on that poster does.not.look.like.AV. I can *see* her because I know it’s her. But no.

    • JRB says:

      What is wrong with a petite woman kicking ass? Can’t wrap your head around a slender woman kicking ass? Are you aware that there are different body types and not all athletic women look the same? Look at her muscle definition. She isn’t starving herself for that body. That takes WORK.

      • eto says:

        Geez calm down – we’re aware there are different body types but we’re only seeing one for these “strong woman” roles

      • The Rickest Rick says:

        Yes but all athletic women cast as action stars look the same….I believe that is the problem

      • detritus says:

        JRB, respectfully, you have no idea if she’s ‘starving’ herself or not. Neither do I.

      • Artemis says:

        There are many action women who are not petite. Somebody down thread posted some oldschool and newschool female action stars and there is range there. There is still range if you have a wide range of movie and TV taste from back in the day until present if you look outside what highly famous/mainstream.

        I’ve seen many different women grace the screen and kicking ass and they all had something beautiful and inherently badass because it is hard to do action. Very hard. Even though VK is not my cup of tea based on this trailer, her body is friggin’ on point! and I’m sure she would be able to do some serious damage in a fight.

        Everybody also always mentions AJ as ‘THE’ action star when she hasn’t crafted her body for action films since 2004. If only VK could act like Theron or AJ in this movie, she could have been the new action star…Or maybe she’ll surprise and the film is better than the trailer…

      • Josephine says:

        Yeah, I get it, and my comment was poorly worded. My petite daughter kicks butt because she’s in tremendous shape and is a tough cookie. But she can’t take on a man that weighs 75-100 pounds more than she does, which is what Croft does. My comment was more about Hollywood being unable to cast a women who weighs more than 115 pounds, and my guess is that Vikander doesn’t even weigh that. It’s just tiresome. Women are allowed to take up some space in the world.

      • Annetommy says:

        There’s a reason why boxing is divided into different weight categories. Because a bantamweight can’t hit as hard as a heavyweight. I don’t see why female action stars can’t just be a little more bulky. In a healthy athletic way. But I didn’t see the AJ one and won’t bother seeing this either. I expect the teen fan boys prefer this type of heroine.

  5. Jerusha says:

    It looked good and Alicia was delightful on Corden last night. I’ll go see it and take my grandson, too. And yes, I’ll pay to see a fellow size two representing athletic women. Small doesn’t automatically equal weak.

  6. D says:

    The poster is just terrible with that weird looking giraffe neck, but the trailer doesn’t look that bad. I’ll probably watch this.

  7. Maria F. says:

    From what i can tell from the trailer, i think the movie looks good and the action scenes pretty exciting.

    I am just not sure if she has as much screen presence as needed. Her last look gives me hope, but she is filling some very big shoes. Angelina’s face on screen is so captivating, she has such a presence, at that point in her life she was such a badass, not sure Alica can compete.

  8. Nicole says:

    Depends on the action scenes. I’ll wait for the next trailer to decide. If she can pull the action off then yes I’ll probably see it.

  9. Jenna says:

    I think that is the actual shape of her body. She’s long thin and muscular. What I find odd is the need to prop up her small breasts to make them appear larger. Makes her look offbalance and unnatural.

    The trailer looks, mediocre. I had hoped the dialogue would be meatier and interesting. Worthy of Alicia’s incredible acting chops.

  10. GiBee says:

    The action sequences looked like not-high-quality, low-res video games sequences – which is oddly authentic but probably not what they were going for.

  11. Squiggisbig says:

    I’m very tired of all these reboots and I don’t think I’m alone in that. I really liked Angelina Jolie’s Lara. Although I generally love my petite brethren I think Alicia looks miscast and ridiculous. That said…if this gets good reviews I will probably give it a chance.

    • AG-UK says:

      @ Squiggisbig
      I agree it’s like HW doesn’t have any imagination if it’s raining and cold and I am bored I’ll see it but tired of re-boots. It’s like they are appealing to the 20 something’s who haven’t seen it the first time around. Like Great Gatsby it was great before I didn’t need to sit for 3 hours to see it again. Rant over :)

    • Cilla says:

      I don’t think the intention was for Alicia to replace Angelina. The movie is based on the new games where they have changed the look of Lara Croft quite a lot. I think Alicia looks like the “new” Lara so in that respect I dont think she is miscast. I think Angelina was a good choice for the first movies and it’s nice that she as loyal fans.

    • BorderMollie says:

      Agree on all points, but I might go see it just for that dude with her on the boat, the standard love interest, I assume. He’s hot af.

    • Erica_V says:

      They completely rebooted the video game series to be more appealing to female gamers vs men. She’s not replacing her because it’s not the same character at all. If you play the new games you’d see that AV is perfectly cast as the New Lara. The Old Lara has a completely different story vs the New Lara.

  12. M. says:

    Her neck is freaking me out in the poster

  13. Embers C says:

    Linda Hamilton in Terminator, Jolie in Tomb Raider and J-Law in the Hunger Games have opened up big market space for female lead action films. And Tomb Raider is a globally recognisable brand. So this should do very, very well. I don’t think Vikander has the charisma of Hamilton, Jolie or J-Law, but she looks the part and should do a good job with the role. So a win all round, I’m guessing.

  14. 77tuvi says:

    So sad. Looks so cheap. Waste. I bet it will tank.

    She is bo poison.

  15. Fallon says:

    The music in this trailer is atrocious.

  16. Qaz says:

    You should add the Making of with behind the scenes footage!

  17. Polka Dot says:

    Not convinced. Vikander doesn’t have the badassness and fierceness to pull it off, unlike Jolie.

    • cate says:

      agree. her physique is on point so ripped so good for her she looks the part but her acting leaves much to be desired. she has no screen presence to me, no draw so i dont see this being worth $$$ to see in theatres. redbox maybe? also the cgi here is pretty bad, what happened to the happy medium of action and cgi that didnt look quite so fake? not as fun to watch in my opinion

  18. cleveland girl says:

    The Angelina poster was photoshopped to within an inch of her death. It looked like a caricature of her. This one is no different!

  19. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I don’t know… I love action flicks and Alicia just might be a better LC. Angelina’s action movies were posing compilations rife with eye-rolling sex shots. Alicia might give better weight and depth to the character. One can hope.

  20. What's Inside says:

    I like the trailer and probably will see it at the theater.

  21. littlemissnaughty says:

    I like adventure movies and feel like supporting female-led ones so I’ll be seeing this. It doesn’t look bad at all but it’s only a trailer.

  22. Harryg says:

    No I can’t stand her and her lethargic everything.

  23. Yeahright says:

    I really really want this to be amazing.
    I’m also probably going to be disappointed.
    She looks frail.

  24. JRB says:

    I heard they photoshopped her head onto an altered version of someone else’s body (stunt woman?). I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true after looking at the poster. It is awful. Either someone photoshopped her head onto that body or they hired a terrible editor.

  25. MissMarierose says:

    I don’t know. I’m still on the fence. The action sequences look pretty generic to me. I’ll wait for another trailer that shows off her acting chops. That would be the reason to see this reboot, imho.
    Also, the last shot there with Nick Frost seems to indicate there might be a little levity in this movie. I think it would be great to see her comedic skills. I can’t think of another movie where she played for a laugh.

  26. BeReal2 says:

    I’m sure that Vikander will be great and outshine Jolie

  27. I like her says:

    I like her and the trailer, so I’ll be going to the cinema.

  28. Zondie says:

    I read somewhere that they used her stunt double for the poster and just photoshopped on Alicia’s head.

  29. Shirurusu says:

    Wow, I don’t like the trailer at all! Looks like bad acting by the supporting cast. To each his own I guess. Alicia always looks too sleepy/ dispassionate for me to really get her. That’s why she was such an excellent robot in Ex Machina lol.

  30. dumbledork says:

    The poster does look bad. Her head looks odd. But trailer looked entertaining. Will definitely take my girls to see it. Bad ass women, whether it’s Wonder Woman, the ladies of Hidden Figures, or this, there’s not nearly enough out there to see on the big screen. Hope Hollywood keeps it going.

  31. HoustonGrl says:

    Vikander is done. And this is horrible casting, even though I do thinks she’s a decent actress.

  32. Erica_V says:

    I really wish people would do a little research sometimes before they comment.

    The reboot video game series is completely different than the original Lara Croft. The backstory is totally different. New Lara is a different type of woman vs Old Lara. Not just body type but personality and ability. She’s a puzzle solver, a climber and an archer.

    Two seconds of googling the screen caps from the new game would clearly show AV is perfectly cast as New Lara.

    I’m so excited to see this movie I think it’s going to be great! #GamerGirl

  33. Guest says:

    I like AV a lot, it’s not her size/petetteness, (I actually shape similar to her) it’s just to me no one can portray Lara Croft like Angelina Jolie!

  34. M.A.F. says:

    This poster makes me think she is going hunting for sharks or snakes or both. It looks like a bad (yet good) B-movie.

  35. heather says:

    I love Alicia and she looks great in this film. Her face is gorgeous and she actually looks very strong, not like a stick insect with bolt on boobs. Can’t wait to see it!

  36. Joanie says:

    I think she’s going to be a terrific Lara Croft. Perfect physique and so graceful in her movement. It’s obvious to me she was/is a dancer. Beautiful!

    • Artemis says:

      Yeah but have you seen her face in the trailer? It’s dead. There is nothing badass about her even in the last few shots with the guns. AJ had more facial expressions in the first 10mins of the first TR than Alicia in this whole trailer that represents different parts in the film (I played the game, some scenes are direct references of some levels).

      • J says:

        You’re probably the first person I see who thinks that Jolie’s facial expressions compare favorably with Vikander. Jolie looked badass,sure,but not exactly expressive and versatile. I don’t get your criticism at all. And she completely fits the light tone of the last shot. She looks vulnerable but stronger,more motivated and badass than the rebooted chatacter she’s based on. To each their own,I guess.

      • Artemis says:

        Her expression rarely changes. I don’t think AV is a bad actress, I think she is badly cast and I was excited a few months ago when she was on that boat with Fassbender and her muscles were on display. Being in shape alone is not going to cut it though which is why I’m on the fence again. This trailer is not helping. It also doesn’t help that AV’s face is not that captivating so she needs expressions. She’s beautiful sure, but Lara has something special. AJ had that too because her face is not like many women you see daily.

        Like I wrote already, I played the game, the actors for the game did a banging job emoting and AVfalls flat because they took a lot from the game (the grunting and certain shots are straight from the game). There is not enough energy. In the game she learns how to be tough but that badass energy is already there from the start, AV’s facial expressions are just so…bored and lacklustre. A woman who goes on an adventure that could cost people’s lives is not a boring woman. Young Lara is not a girl in the normal sense yet AV’s acting seems to indicate that’s how she’s going to play it (that boat scene…urgh). When I played the game (boat scene), all I had to do was run and jump and I was on EDGE the first time because the acting created a sense of dread and worse is yet to come. I don’t feel anything in this trailer in the ‘scary’ moments. The TR from 2013 is HORROR adventure action, the only horror I see is AV trying to emote :) sorry…

        I also don’t see characters like Reyes, Sam, Jonah etc which elevated Lara’s purpose to become a survivor, adventurer who is loyal and caring when needed. Without them, I don’t think Vikander’s character will be rounded fully although that’s not AV’s fault. AJ’s films also had that issue (and many more, it was cheesy after all).

        And yes compared to AJ,she also falls flat. The first 10mins of the 1st TR show a woman who’s unsure and wary of something, then a robot pops out and AJ is straight into that badass energy with fear, playfulness and cockiness all in 1. It’s a great opening scene that shows AJ was cast appropriately. She looked and acted the part and fit right in the story if a person watching did so after playing the games.

      • J says:

        I don’t see her being bored. It’s where I disagree. She looks excited when she’s on the boat with Daniel Wu,then scared,in other shots more confident,fierce,and emotional when she talks about her dad. A bit sassy in the end. I see those things in her face.
        “In the game she learns how to be tough but that badass energy is already there from the start” This is strange because many fans are saying that the difference with rebooted Lara is that we see Vikander looking too confident,badass and in “psycho killer” mode while reboot Lara initially looks way more helpless and traumitized. They’ve clearly borrowed a lot from the two rebooted games but also from the first. It’s not a literal adaptation.

  37. Sheree says:

    It’s ok. Not the best as it’s a reboot so it’s “been there, done that” feel. AV has had a square body since appearing in EXMACHINA and is a subpar actress in my opinion. Re body type: HW does have a preference for smaller women. A smaller man would never be considered an action star. Even Vin Diesel has stated he wanted to do a rom-com but HW can’t see past the muscular arms.
    To all who are going to watch the movie please enjoy!

  38. Tiffany :) says:

    I get so tired of the comments section dissecting and critiquing women’s bodies.

    I think Alicia handles the physicality well and looks very coordinated. I think emotionally she seems a little sluggish, though. I think in action flicks the emotional intensity matters, because the audience takes their “fear” cues from the actors.

    I was thinking I wonder what this would look like if Tatiana Maslany had played the role. She’s ferocious! (I did just watch episode 7 of the last season of Orphan Black last night…OMG, Tatiana is tough!).

    • MommyMaura says:

      +1,00000
      If I had to drink a beer every time I heard, “She’s scary thin” or “she has a boyish body” or something like that I’d be dead.
      As a former thin woman, who was told those things, to a thicker woman after pregnancy whose now being told, “I’m scary overweight” or things like that, I find both of these behaviors to be harmful.

  39. Kamelia says:

    I absolutely love the new Lara Croft games! And Vikander looks a lot like the new Lara Croft in this trailer and I’m pretty sure I recognize some of the actions scenes from the game! I’m so excited for this!

  40. loislane says:

    Sorry but when I see her I don’t see badass. She can fight but she is no badass. Either you have that or you don’t. She just Doesn’t. Miscast.

  41. serena says:

    It looks like the poster of an Horror / Apocalypse movie. Not good.

  42. Papaya says:

    I will stream or cinema-watch this film because it doesn’t look half bad and I want to support women-starring action films. Her physicality is more convincing than Angelina Jolie’s, as Alicia was nearly pro-level in ballet and Angelina didn’t look toned.

  43. raincoaster says:

    I will watch this. She stole The Man From UNCLE, and she looks good in this. The poster, however, looks like she’s leaving the world’s most downmarket music festival in disgust.

  44. Jayna says:

    The behind-the-scenes -trailer with all the other actors and Alicia talking and showing Alicia executing certain physical scenes made me more excited for the movie than the official trailer. I love the actors in the movie also. I didn’t know Dominic West was in it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWXq7mKcx5s

  45. Lily says:

    Seriously, i have seen Lady speed stick’s TV adverts with a better production and leading lady than in Flop Raider’s new trailer. Barbara Blade is thousands times better than new Lara Croft (pronunce it with the most posh fake english accent ever). If they want to try to sell it as feminist hero, they should try to sell her by herself not the girlfriend of an old better known man.

  46. IsThisReal? says:

    The trailer is AWFUL.
    Alicia has NO facial expression. She looks and acts dead inside.

  47. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    No. Just no. This is one of the worst casting choices Ive seen in awhile.

  48. ValM99 says:

    The trailer and poster came out. Literally no one is talking or asked for this film. All her little baby screeches don’t help either. It won’t be bad but people are tired of seeing remakes. No one wants to see Lara Croft again after Angelina gave us two great films. Plus she’s not even believable. They wanna make Alicia the next Jennifer Lawrence. Action star, dramas- an all around girl. If only Alicia had half of the charisma 😂

  49. seesittellsit says:

    Tomb Raider films were one of my guilty pleasures – not sure I can transition from Jolie, who I thought hit the perfect note as LC, to Vikander – I’m not sure Vikander has the humor for it. She was a trained ballet dancer, though, so I think the athletics won’t be so much of a challenge. I loved her in “The Danish Girl” – in fact I loved the film, it was so beautifully photographed and so evocative of the era.

  50. Kamelia says:

    Why is everyone saying the first to Tomb Raider movies with AJ were great? They were pretty bad and AJ was clearly miscast, her boobs weren’t big or square enough. And she wasn’t as pixelated as game Lara Croft was, obviously miscast.