Movie Review

Lora Croft in a History Prospective 

“Lora Croft: Tomb Raider” the movie, is a very high action packed flick that shows the life of a women who raids tombs. Lora gets through situations with her strength, smarts and wits. But the historical influences in this movie are very evident. Lora Croft is a British girl who is very proper and lives in a huge mansion. She never cleans after herself and she makes it clear that it is her way or the highway. Lora completes the stereotype of British people. Why are British people emulated in a stereotype of having higher status? The following information well answer this questions and many more.

Lora Croft, has a bit of an attitude, but shows the day to day life of a British woman. Many include her butler who caters to her every needs and her associate, Bryce, who answers any challenging questions she has. But why would the movie portray her in this way? Maybe it starts with the history of England. [1]Looking deeper into the history of British people and where they get their high stature from starts back to the very first King of England. King Ebert was the first king and made the kingdom one. He built up his first city, Wessex, and made it such a powerful kingdom that he later unified England into Wessex. This brought England from a lower level to a superior one. The control level rose just because of one man and all his power. This starts the status of the British. It has the reputation for being well-built and tough. As there were many other kings to come after Ebert they all were high in rule and kept the stature of England high.

When you think of higher stature you think of gold, silver and money. Well Lora had plenty of that and was not afraid to flaunt it. She had cars, guns and even more cars. British kings and queens were big on riches. This also built their status. Many had crowns with beautiful jewelry and gold. Lora during the movie also found a missing piece of a puzzle. This model was a triangle. If you look at it you notice the detail or structure of the piece. It was covered in designs in entirety. [2]The British people still use beautiful pieces to show how beautiful one country could be. Some of the pieces now are used just like the triangle to explain a culture or a religion. The triangle was a part of the illuminati. The kings and queens of England used the crowns to crown the kings. This met they were now a part of a new throne. The British up hold their jewelry. This I believe is another reason why British are up held in a high stature.

Lora Croft had a huge mansion with a butler. When you think about Britain you think about rich people with huge houses and maids and butlers. Well Lora had both. Some of the mansions in Britain are so huge that sometimes they are used as museums. The mansions in England have a very unique style and are built in a certain way.[3] One mansion in England is called the Mansion House. The Lord Mayors lived there and resided within the Jewery neighborhoods. Lord Mayor Perry helped build this mansion but Sir Crisp Gascoigen was the first to live in it. In this mansion there was a very special room. It was called the Egyptian Hall. The hall was a huge dining room that included special tables. The room could sit four hundred guests. The room was designed by Earl of Burlington and he wanted it to resemble an Egyptian chamber. Lora Croft mansion was just as special as this mansion. She had different rooms that were designed for her and each room has a special unique quality. Having a nice mansion is another higher stature for a British figure.

In conclusion Lora Croft fits the stereotype in all three examples. The history of England shows us that the kingdom was built in to a higher status. Lora was brought in to a family of wealth and had a higher life to keep up. The missing triangle that was covered in jewels show the wealth of England. The mansions helps complete the outer appearance of England and makes the country itself look wealthy. “Lora Croft: Tomb Raider” helps make the stereotype about British people a true one.    


[1]   “Kings and queens of england.” April 12, 2000, (Kings and Queens of England 2000) (Accessed November 12, 2010).

[2] “English monarchs.” 2004, http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/crown_jewels.htm (Accessed November 12, 2010).

[3] ‘The Mansion House’, Old and New London: Volume 1 (), pp. 435-447. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45056 Date accessed: 14 November 2010.

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