Alita: Battle Angel - A lot better than I was expecting.
I did it again (no Britney Spears pun intended). I put off watching a film due to reviews, and I genuinely need to stop doing that, because Alita: Battle Angel is a good film.
The director, Robert Rodriguez, gave us something special in this cyber punk action film. The idea behind this movie originates from a 1990’s Japanese Manga series ‘Battle Angel Alita’, and what a series that would have been back then!
I can understand peoples concerns with the ‘brain’ of the story in this film, because it’s all over the place at times, and there’s a lot that isn’t explained. However, from time to time, I genuinely appreciate movies that get straight to its core content/point. That may not be classed as good story telling, but I don’t care. If the film isn’t a complete lack of information and it’s still entertaining, then that’s fine by me.
Rosa Salazar stars as Alita, who is essentially a killing machine/cyborg, and Christoph Waltz stars as Dr Dyson Ido, a cyber doctor. The two discover one another whilst Dr Ido is looking for parts and scraps on an insanely massive wreckage pile in the Iron City, which is set hundreds of years into the future. The two quickly form a strong bond and the energy of the film bursts out in front of you, with the story unfolding and progressing rather quickly.
The graphics/CGI in this film are incredibly impressive, and I can only imagine how great it would have looked on a humongous 4K screen at my local Odeon iSense screen. Although, my Samsung QLED still delivered, especially with the vibrant colours on show.
James Cameron was also a key figure in the production of Alita: Battle Angel, having produced it and co-written the script along side Laeta Kalogridis. No wonder why everything looked, felt and played out in the way it did. The overall quality of the film speaks for itself, which makes sense considering the immense talent involved.
One thing I thought this movie would never make me feel is emotion. Not for a single second did I think that I would be emotionally involved, especially as the story flew through as quickly as it did, and the major reason being that I knew nothing about its background/history prior to watching it. At one stage, it felt like I had been watching and/or reading about Alita: Battle Angel for years because there were scenes that had left me confused and upset. Now, that’s what I call great script writing!
Alita: Battle Angel may not be for everyone, as there are some cheesy moments that left me pondering what age bracket this movie was for? I don’t think I’m alone on this one either. At times I was convinced it was for adults, then at other moments I felt like I was being a chaperone/supervisor in case there were scenes that went overly violent. It was certainly strange, and perhaps that needs to be cleared up and/or ironed out, yet not for one second did it stop me from enjoying myself.
As previously mentioned, Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar were the main protagonists, who performed well, and the additional cast were also excellent. I didn’t realise Michelle Rodriguez also starred in this movie, and Mahershala Ali was his typical fantastic self. Even Keean Johnson, who played Hugo, was a very likable chap and character.
Alita: Battle Angel is a sci-fi thriller that shouldn’t be missed. It may not be the most consistent or fluid of stories, but what it lacks in that respect, it makes up for in characters, visual splendor and a fascinating world that could only be described as unusual and imaginative.