Updated: Mar 8, 2019
Set several centuries in the future, an abandoned cyborg is discovered by a compassionate cyber doctor who mission is to protect her from her mysterious past.
So are we just going to ignore her eyes?
Truthfully, Alita: Battle Angel is a mesmerizing sci-fi film solemnly made for the bucks. Ultimately, it is tough to take anything serious here without being bombarded by heavy slo-mo and extensive CGI (seriously…those eyes). However, with lightning fast action sequences and immaculate cinematography, I could not help but enjoy this film.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by the box office king himself, James Cameron; we follow a young cyborg who longs to find her identity in a diverse futuristic world. Yes, the identity story. It seems as if sci-fi cannot seem to get away from these clichés but let’s be honest, how many of us were going to see this movie for the story? Not I.
This film is the epitome of a popcorn flick. Once the action gets started, it does not stop. We are aware that Alita is of rare kind and it is entertaining to watch her train and fight numerous villains at once. Thankfully, there are countless explosions and decapitations to go around where nothing else but the action begins to matter. Visually, this film will give any of 2018’s adventures a run for their money. The cinematography alone sets the standard for action films to come. I was highly suggested to view this film in 3D, however I did not. After viewing this film, I suggest that everyone grab the next 3D ticket because of course, James Cameron has done it again. This is the best 3D film since Avatar. Flying discs and kicks flood the big screen scene after scene, leaving the viewer with no complaints. Trust me, it is worth the extra bucks.
The best performance here is Christoph Waltz. He adds a sense of reality to this role (and bland script) that truly shines above others. Unfortunately, he is the only one who shines. In contrast to her suit, Alita performance is not so dashing. In many scenes, she undergoes difficult situations and it was extremely hard to believe that she was emotionally attached. Yes, she is a cyborg but if she is crying what are we supposed to feel?
In the end, from sound to visuals, Alita: Battle Angel is one hell of a theater experience.
If the film was cut by 30 minutes, it would be more enjoyable.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for some action, give it a try.