It is hardly unusual to see Keira Knightley in yet another period price. It is unusual, however, to see her play a queer character. And, as she has done with her previous, heterosexual characters, she gives a committed, fully-realized performance.
Tomb Raider is more about Croft’s bravery, intelligence, and determination. In her first leading role post-Oscar win (for The Danish Girl), Alicia Vikander shines and her months of training for the role clearly paid off. She is almost too pretty for the role and when she was originally cast, many doubted that she could do it physically (no one doubts her talents as an actor). But she definitely proved everyone wrong.