I’ll be honest, ever since the first trailer for Alita I have been thoroughly intrigued. Between the anime bug eyes and cyberpunk setting, I just needed to see more. The film, which has been in development for years, is a collaboration between director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron.
Overall, I really enjoyed what they went for with the film. There were certainly cliche elements, and beats you may have seen elsewhere, but the performances and action set pieces won me over. It will be interesting to see how this holds up financially, as early opening weekend predictions spelled doom for its domestic haul. For my full thoughts on Alita: Battle Angel, be sure to watch the video below.
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
A surprisingly faithful manga adaptation, Alita: Battle Angel is definitely a win for Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron.