Alita: Battle Angel - Movie Review
I went into this film completely blind. No foreknowledge of the subject matter. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure anyone has quite seen a movie like “Alita: Battle Angel.” A blurred the edge between computer graphics and live action at the atomic level. It’s no surprise that this James Cameron produced film builds on the technique and innovation of Cameron’s own Avatar film and soon to be series.
It doesn’t stop there, the standout emotionally raw warrior spirit of actor Rosa Salazar bleeds off the screen as the titular “Alita.” The whole experience is a tour de force from the visuals, to the ensemble cast, to the story. I think we shall always need folks that remind us of the warrior within that we can cultivate at rest and at play. Let us also not forget the oft-unsung heroes of the crew and visual effects team that overcome Herculean logistical and creative nightmares to bring a film like this to life.
This film is more than 20 years in the making. Not including the time to conceive, produce, and publish the Japanese manga that James Cameron adapted, “Gunmm” by Yukito Kishiro. Also known in English as “Battle Angel Alita.” All told more than 30 years of work have gone into this. Who better to create it than Cameron, with his background in precision illustration, and director Robert Rodriguez pedigree of bringing graphic novels to life.
It was a real “wonder twin powers activate” series of events. Producer Jon Landau rounds out this holy trilogy. With this pedigree, I have little if any doubt that “Alita’s” box office revenues will soar into the stratosphere to join Cameron and Landau’s other little films, “Titanic” and “Avatar,” becoming possibly one of the top-grossing films of all time. That’s a pretty good bit of black ink on the CV for all involved.
Based on the ending, I’m pretty sure there’s a sequel in the works. And isn’t there always? At least this is one I want to see. That’s no spoiler. I won’t give any. My qualm is that there is no after credits scene. Which I’m honestly a little bummed about. Oops. Was that a spoiler? Not too sure these days. Oh and wait till you see where the blood she paints under her eyes in the poster comes from. That won my heart instantly.