A Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander is in theaters now and like many films before it, the reviews are mixed. Good, bad, great, meh — and yet, there is one review that has incited an angry mob and for damn good reason. A Tomb Raider review published on PhillyVoice.com by a “contributor” named Jerome Maida gave a less-than-stellar review of the film, but the most egregious portion was in his comparison of Alicia Vikander’s body to the original Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie, and said that Vikander’s “lack of curves” brings zero “sex appeal” to the film. He even suggests that she could have been played by a man. You would think we had moved past such reductive descriptions of a) women b) their bodies c) what sex appeal is and d) that sex appeal is necessary to star in a movie, and yet — here we are.
The problematic passage read:
Woooooow. Gather. Ye. Pitchforks.
This review suggests that if a woman stars in an action film and doesn’t bring enough sex appeal to satiate straight cis-male viewers, then she might as well not be in the film.
As soon as this “review” was published, the internet reacted appropriately.
The Philly Voice deleted the above paragraph, but only after the outrage was brought to their attention. Someone added an editors’ note that read: “This review previously made references to Vikander’s appearance in comparison to Angelina Jolie. After consideration, we have removed that mention.”
On a related note, Tomb Raider starring the talented, beautiful, and badass Alicia Vikander is currently in theaters. You can watch the trailer here.