August 2019 - Alita Battle Angel.
review. Contains spoilers.
always been a big fan of anime and always
cringe when a live action movie is made about
one of my favourites. I never read the manga
comics that Alita Battle Angel is based upon
but I have seen the original Alita Battle
Angel anime on VHS video. In fact I still own
it as part of my collection.
first thing that struck me when seeing
publicity pictures for the movie is the size
of Alita's eyes. It's only her that has the
larger than life eyes which in some ways
makes sense as she possesses a cybotic body.
I still felt however that this movie may be a
parody that pokes fun at itself so I still
wasn't looking forward to watching it. I
intentionally avoided the trailers not
wishing to risk catching sight of spoilers as
often modern movie trailers reveal.
watch the movie at the cinema, instead I
waited until it came out on DVD and blu ray.
In the end I watched it through the
PlayStation streamed via PSN. I purchased it
to keep along with a multitude of extras (including
the director making chocolate) for £9.99
which surprisingly is far cheaper than the
blur ray version. There is no option for
certainly not what I expected and I felt
tearful while watching it. I can only
describe it as an action movie / romance /
humanity / dystopian sci-fi all rolled into
one. Not only has the plot remained true to
the anime but in many ways it has been
larger than life eyes are certainly
noticeable at first but it's surprising how
quickly I became accustomed to seeing them.
Alita has incredible strength it soon becomes
apparent that it's more about her skill and
agility than the physical power her cybotic
body possesses. This was how she was able to
defeat other cyborgs with far more strength
than her own.
Alita is strong, both emotionally and
physically, she's still realistic in the way
she reacts to certain situations. She's not
Terminator robot but a teenage girl so acts
accordingly. She cries, gets angry, often
disobeys her father figure, and falls in love.
She has flaws and is vulnerable.
scenes of note I particularly liked
Dr Dyson explains to Alita that she's
really over 300 years old and she
laughs at his comment before
realising he was being serious.
Dr Dyson is being attacked by
multiple cybotic bad guys and he
tells Alita to run away. We then see
her running at full speed only to
discover she's running toward the
cyborg kicking him to the ground and
pounding her fists into him. The
expressions on everyone's face,
including her own, is priceless.
crying and cradling Hugo in her arms
Chiren sees them intending to turn
them in but has a sudden change of
move has a certificate rating of 12
so there are no swear words, apart
from one f-word which was certainly
appropriate for the moment.
gripe is the way the movie ends. It's clearly
a set-up for a sequel but a neater ending
would have been better suited in my opinion.
to sum up this movie there's something about
it that a lot of modern movies have been
lacking in recent years. The plot and story
telling really shines through what could have
easily become another generic sci-fi. It has
varied appeal to all kinds of audiences.
While Alita is a skilled warrior she's still
a teenage girl at heart.
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