She told Yahoo! Movies: "I think that's really about the times that we're in and that society has changed".
Over at Fresh Fiction TV, Courtney Howard sees Lara's character as a positive example of the sort of strong female characters we need.
Her Lara grew up largely without a mother and with an adoring but often-absent father, Richard (Dominic West), a wealthy businessman who began searching for proof of the supernatural following the loss of his wife.
"Adventure games have always been my first love".
By contrast, the only thing about the new Tomb Raider with any pizzazz is the name of its director: Roar Uthaug. While that works in games because characters are avatars for players, Ulthaug's apparent use of a similar technique here is tedious. It does none of it any favors. She's in killer shape in "Tomb Raider", the movie's production notes talking about her 45 minutes of training every morning of the shoot and a diet described as "slow carb and lean protein". It all feels strangely joyless and bleak, especially amidst the extremely Indiana Jones-flavored pulp adventure set dressing and accouterment.
"Shadow of The Tomb Raider is the climatic finale of Lara's origin story".
Uthaug's initially appealing romp opens in an urban-interesting landscape that has a beguiling grittiness about it, but it isn't long before it tumbles into clichéd exotic surrounds, complete with banal exposition and Lara dodging as many plot holes as darkly lit booby traps.
This results in a muddled character arc for Lara, a far cry from the story the movie is supposedly adapting. This is the kind of girl that you can relate to, in 2018. Hey, it is a big, AAA game, no? You can't get much more clear than that.
The filmmakers seem to have decided that the best way to adapt the Tomb Raider franchise to screen is convert its gameplay to a noninteractive medium, rather than its story and characters, as if constructing the world's most expensive Let's Play video.
This new Tomb Raider isn't an adaptation of a video game so much as an adaptation of a video game's tutorial level.
In the film, Lara goes on a journey to find her father who went missing while searching for the island of Yamatai, where the ancient Japanese Queen Himiko rests. Slim and not tall, she doesn't cut the figure of a muscled powerhouse, but here she fully embodies physical tenacity and grit, along with absolute determination not to give in or up. Although that might be a slightly disappointing target for a tentpole like Tomb Raider, the movie having a relatively modest budget of $94M should indicate that it will be profitable provided that the movie plays well overseas and that it holds well from weekend to weekend domestically.
Lara's time on the island is action-packed, but strangely low-stakes, partially because it's uncertain what exactly will happen if Vogel finds what he's looking for.
After years of attempts, no one expects a video game movie to be high cinema.
If you're a diehard fan of the recent Tomb Raider video games, there's likely something here for you.