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Tomb Raider (2018)
Two great videogames didn't make one great movie
In the past, we had Tomb Raider movies related to Angelina Jolie which were dumb yet fun, and had an interesting reference to the attitude that the original Tomb Raider games gave to the Lara Croft character. It wasn't perfect, but it was entertaining.
Now, we have a new Tomb Raider movie that is now related to the games that rebooted the franchise in 2013... and it's ok.
Instead of going for the smart-ass and self-confident adventurer, this movie goes for a much more grounded version of Lara Croft (like the game does). I've heard many people say that it feels quite emotional, but I didn't see any of that depth in the relationships Lara had. The writers made the terrible mistake of taking the storylines from two games and trying to put them in a blender to come up with something meaty and powerful. In that regard, it definitely failed.
The writers should've concentrated on adapting the first game's story. It's a good story, has a protagonist that has strong motivations and fulfills her arch by the end of it, and it has a heart. Instead, they kinda based it on it, the character kinda has motivations, and kinda cares for what's going on around her.
Is it worth watching? I guess. Throughout its running time, it's pretty entertaining. So... I guess it has that going for it.
Camino a Marte (2017)
Tries to go somewhere, but doesn't make it easy for every movie-goer
I'll get this out of the way: It was about euthanasia and the feelings associated with it. (IMHO)
BEGIN SPOILERS: The movie presents the premise through a journey. It starts with the protagonist yearning to be free and go out of the hospital, back to her past life. She makes the clear purpose to burn bridges and get to her final destination to die. Her friend represents her family and people close to her that don't want to let her die.
What about the dude? Well, he's a clean slate of contemplation. He's the outsider looking in. He tries to help both of the girls coping with death and letting go, enjoying just the present. END SPOILERS:
I believe that the movie is quite slow-paced and can make most people anxious or feeling that nothing is going on. And I agree. It does feel quite stretched. Camila Sodi's performance seems quite limited; and her "norteña" accent can be distracting. Luis Gerardo performs ok, but the role wasn't all that difficult for someone with his experience. That leaves us with Tessa's performance, which is the best among the three.
Condorito: La Película (2017)
Classic latinamerican humour
This movie is based on the classic comic book series "Condorito". It features all of the main characters of this series originally published in Chile.
I grew up reading Condorito and it's character and humour proved to be complicated to translate to cinematographic language. Rarely do we see Condorito involved in large story lines as it's a character (and a universe) that works better when its self-contained to gags.
Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable, familiar comedy... at least for latinamericans. Maybe someone outside the specific demographic will struggle to get any of the jokes as they are, most probably, lost in translation. It's worth the ticket price and it's worth its run-time.
It's a decent enough disaster movie with a deus ex machina happy ending
This isn't a 1/10 movie, neither a 10/10 movie. Overall, it's an entertaining action movie in a unrealistic setting, and I didn't feel it tried to sell itself as something greater than that.
Many people complain about the lack of originality in this movie and, although they're completely right about that, this movie wasn't made to redefine the genre. It's a decent movie to go out and eat popcorn with a teenage nephew or niece.
Much more than the lack of originality of the story, there's the issue that one doesn't really have anyone to root for. Characters aren't well outlined and their motivations are exposed on a couple of dialog lines; maybe yo make room for more CGI action.
Pure schlock. Saw it for the laughs.
I saw the movie with no expectations at all; and I walked out of it with a couple of laughs at the expense of it.
Worth watching if you don't appreciate your time, or are drunk enough to laugh at poor filmmaking. Or if you are learning cinematography and want to know what NOT to do.