Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Nostalgia Critic

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The game was a ground breaker, but is the movie a good representation, or like every other video game movie? Nostalgia Critic takes a look at Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

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  1. ThatManWithTheHeadband12

    No new intro yet?

  2. I like this movie.

    • Because it technically wasn’t that bad as for what it was. Comparing to Uwe Boll it was even really good. But yes, otherwise it was a medicare at best. Though not that bad as adaptation overall, as franchise overall was Ancient Alien kind of stuff.

  3. Square tits: the newest hype in 2018.

  4. Please review the 1986 film Dangerously Close!

  5. What seems bizarre to me is she saves Alex and then nothing, a scene between them afterwards would have been nice. It doesn’t need to end with an out of nowhere I love you but one scene would have made the whole kill off Alex thing to motivate Lara thing a bit more believable

  6. I hope you’ll also review The Cradle of Life.

  7. Tomb Raider’s creators came from my hometown. I designed the first game on the same street on which I was born, which is kind of cool.

    Sadly, I never liked the games. Haha

    Also, great Red Dwarf reference.

  8. Your head on Lara Croft’s body. Thanks. Loads.


    I think I only ever played the game once and it wasn’t even mine. I’m more of a watcher of movies than a player of games. I’ve never actually seen the movie except in clips though the marketing of this movie did introduce me to Angelina Jolie.

  10. Gotta love the body padding on Jole to make her look more like Lara.
    That and the body doubles they hired.

  11. This first Tomb Raider movie is enjoyable for what it is. Fun video game movie in sea of bad ones. With so many bad video game movies there being one that’s enjoyable is already victory on itself.

    • Exactly. Original series was basically mix of cheap action adventure show in style of Young Indiana Johns, and some Ancient Alien style conspiracies with sexy action heroine protagonist. For what it is movie adaptation was in fact quite decent. It wasn’t until Crystal Dynamic take they series when they start give a shit about some lore and believable character dynamic, though they still didn’t pull overarching story.

  12. This movie is okay but 90% of what makes it work is Angelia Jolie being all… Curvy.

    I admit the new TR movie coming out looks interesting to me as I really liked the game that came out a few years ago that seems to be the inspiration for this version of Lara Croft.

    • Except it wasn’t. Movies are parts of Core Design series, when new games are made by Crystal Dynamic. Only connection is that movie and both new series Edios and Square one. Use simply more naturel design, then old series where they keep hooky design for consistency reasons.

  13. Loved the Red Dwarf reference with the Gazpacho soup joke

  14. I’ve actually seen this movie in theaters, and it was only because I was on an Indiana Jones vibe at the time. I pretty much forgot most of this movie after first seeing it. I even remember seeing the Pepsi commercial for this movie. And before anyone asks, no, I have not played any of the games. But I think the current games and the upcoming film reboot look good.

    The CG robot in the training scene looks like a reject from the Lost in Space movie.

    At least Daniel Craig later pulled off a better American accent in Cowboys & Aliens (Screw you, I like that movie).

    Yeah, I agree that Angelina Jolie kicking ass and the “I don’t know why, that’s just cool” moments are the only good things about this film and (maybe) the sequel.

    Love the Fugitive joke.

    People still actually like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the 2005 Fantastic Four film, Doug.

    25:43- “It just raises too many questions.”

  15. “I guess some stupidity we want to believe more than others”

    Trump’s campaign slogan for 2020

  16. TheGhostOfSabotage

    Did he really know red dwarf and gazpacho soup? That was shocking, that such a US American knew that… I am truly happy now. 😀

  17. For many of us that grew during the 2000’s, Angelina Jolie was the epitome of sensuality.

  18. I’m glad I’m not the only one who actually enjoyed this movie. It’s far from perfect, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. There have been plenty of far worse movies to come out that people talk about like they’re legitimately good, but for some reason most people who saw this one either think it’s bad or just “meh”. It’s meant to be an action movie with a loose plot tying together action sequences, which honestly, is all Tomb Raider ever was until the reboot. Honestly, the only way this could have really represented Tomb Raider better is if there was more platforming, puzzles involving giant blocks being placed on switches, and having to shoot tigers/crocodiles/dinosaurs a thousand times……

  19. As far as sexy video game women go, I only have eight words: “Plenty of time, my sweet! Plenty of time!”

  20. Cinnamon Scudworth

    As grounded and relatable as New Lara is now, there’s something to be said for the glossy mindless tales of adventure she once represented. I miss it.

  21. It wasn’t magic tea. It was onion and banana juice.

  22. ForDarkIsTheSuede

    It’s been 10+ years since I’ve last seen Lara Croft, but seeing those great action scenes, glimpsing half-naked Daniel Craig (I completely forgot he was in this, hot damn), and hearing that weirdly cool soundtrack again make me want to rewatch it. Or at least go find the ost on youtube. :T

  23. There were two reasons to watch this movie and I think we all know what it was. Those sexy sexy reasons. Those USP Matches are downright gorgeous pistols.

  24. I LOVED this movie as a kid! Heck, I still love it. I would always tell my mom that I wanted to be a Tomb Raider. I also liked her because she was a pretty tomboy and I was a tomboy growing up. I liked Warcraft and Prince of Persia but I never played the original game. The action scenes. The cheesy lines. It’s the lady PG-13 version of an Arnold movie. Gosh, I’m going to go and see this movie again.

  25. The old games were never meant to be a movie material. They were way too game-ey and that’s what I love them for. They weren’t interested in being some deep drama and focused on everything being a puzzle for the player to solve. Weirdly enough they had to add a lot of shooting to this movie in hopes of making it working better, but making it more resemble the new games (except the death count is not as extremely high).
    I hated this movie when it came out for much more than just a casting and now I know why. This just has nothing to do with the game series outside of the characters name and Lara’s father being dead adventurer. (can say the same about the new games)
    The point is – games required you to use brains instead of a crosshair and what everyone remembers is a T-Rex somehow being there.

  26. Ewwwww, that thumbnail.

  27. The Critic watched Red Dwarf?!! Cool!

    So this is where Rimmer went after becoming Ace. Sounds right.

  28. Review the sequel

  29. The Real Silverstar

    I was aware of this movie, but I’ve never actually sat through it, so I had no idea that Chris Barrie was in this film.

    It would’ve been funny if at some point when Lara was off to her next adventure, she had said to her butler, “Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast”.

    • ThatManWithTheHeadband12

      Same with me. Basically Jolie and her dad were the only actors I knew were in this movie. I thought Craig was a newcomer when he was first cast as James Bond

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