Tomb Raider

Entry #1040, Sat, June 16, 2001, 01:03 EST (Movies)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
Being trendy, I made it to a movie on its premier night. I saw the new Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie tonight. So I guess the first point to make is that I never played the Tomb Raider games, so I lack that background. But the plot of the movie seemed self-contained, so all was well.

I thought this movie was a lot of fun. And that's just about all I was expecting. So observation the first: this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I think Angelina Jolie is hot! And the Lara Croft character is a badass, so Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft alone is about enough to make a movie worth watching. But I read an entertaining quote by Jolie about taking on this character. Something along the lines of her cup size being a C, the game's Croft being DD, so they compromised and made the Croft in the movie a D. I'm amused.

The action sequences and computer animations were excellent for the most part. Some bits were kind of odd, I'm not entirely sure what they were trying to accomplish at parts. But the shots of the planets lining up were definitely cool.

Let's see: plot. This movie actually managed to have a plot. Nothing extravagant, intricate, or complex, but enough to be fun. The elements of the fantastic definitely appealed to the 12 year old inside me. There were plenty of "yeah, right" moments, but Bond movies are full of those too, and I like those. There were a few odd supernatural moments (beyond the obvious statues coming to life sorts of supernatural moments) that never seemed to be explained in any way, and that kind of bothered me, or would have, had the plot been of more importance to me.

But overall, it was the perfect sort of "turn your brain off and enjoy" kind of movie.

I had also intended today to make my way to the dollar theater at the Scottsdale mall to see "Josie and the Pussycats" which is playing there. Unfortunately, it took me much longer to find the place than I thought it would (I'm retarded) so I missed enough of the movie that it wasn't worth going in late. But at least I now know where the place is. So I can try again later. Josie and the Pussycats looks like a silly movie, and worth a dollar.
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