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Old 02-01-13, 23:37   #10
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I watched the two films back-to-back the other day. Prior to this I had only seen the first movie once many years ago and I remember not liking it very much so I never bothered to watch the second movie.

However it would seem that Legend has significantly lowered my standards XD The first time I saw the movie I was disappointed because I kept thinking, "They changed so much from the classics." This time I was impressed because I kept thinking, "Wow, this is better than Legend!" Lara seemed so bad-ass in every scene in the movies, I liked her outfits a lot more, and her movie headset guys were significantly less annoying than Zip and Alister. Also the action was pretty cool and a lot of the background scenery was beautiful.

I was quite surprised by the end of the second movie though because of a certain similarity with Anniversary. Spoilers for both the second movie and Anniversary:

I truly hate the scene in Anniversary where Lara kills Larson because the way it was handled made Lara seem so petty and not in control of herself. However the movie had a similar scene which I actually liked because it was handled in a way that made Lara seem a lot more reasonable.

She actually tried to reason with Terry first, which made it clear that he was aware of how dangerous his plan was and that she was only willing to shoot him as a last resort. Then her reaction afterwards seemed a lot more believable to me because she was kind of frozen in shock and near tears for a little bit, whereas in Anniversary her reaction was so exaggerated that it was almost comical.

So the movie version made Lara seem more consistent to me because she didn't really want to shoot Terry so it makes sense that she'd be a little shocked at the turn of events and feel bad about it afterwards. But in Anniversary she didn't even try to talk Larson down and it seemed like she was shooting him just to prove him wrong about who she was (not because it was truly a last resort) so it made her seem capricious and unstable to have her be so extremely sad about it afterwards.
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