DIMINISHING RETURNS: A comedy podcast about movie sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots. Hosted by Allen and Chris. WARNING: Contains Scottish accents and spoilers.
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This month sees the release of the Tomb Raider reboot with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft so it’s a perfect time to look back at the Angelina Jolie starring duo of films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: Cradle Of Life. For a video game franchise built, partly, on the pneumatic physique of the main protagonist, it was natural for there to be some debate about the physical attributes of the actor selected to bring Lara to life on screen. Time and progress would have removed that issue we would hope, but it seems Tomb Raider 2018 is still mired in this topic.
We’re sure that for those in the Tomb Raiding business biceps are more important than boobs, but I guess you can’t please some people. After all Lara has come a long way since her creation in the mid nineties.
There were also some slightly more troubling, albeit minor aesthetic, issues with the costuming, beyond bra padding for Jolie. With the poster featuring a belt buckle with a Nazi insignia. We can only imagine it was a simple mistake, and the image was meant to project a pirate mentality with a side of bad assery and not Far Right affiliation.
We also go deep into the secret passageways and tunnels of the production, shining a light on such riveting topics as European tax loop holes, movie title colon usage, the difference between film and game narrative participation, the Illuminate’s project time management and full system cosmological orientation. Don’t worry we make some jokes about boobs too!
While the world awaits a truly successful video game movie adaptation, one that captures both the look and spirit of the game pleasing fans and critics alike, you can head off to see Tomb Raider (2018) at cinemas world wide now.
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