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Alita: Battle Angel Film Review (2019) – Hollywood Japanese Cyberpunk

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(This is Alita: Battle Angel film review, which is a 2019 Hollywood cyberpunk film that is based on the Japanese manga Gunnm)

Yes, we know what you guys are thinking: HER EYES! Those are perhaps some of the most realistic anime eyes I have ever seen in a film. It seems Hollywood is going in another direction as it strives to follow the original source as close as possible, right up to the eyes! This film, based on the manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, took them 20 years to realise and is directed by Robert Rodiguez, who is famous for El Mariachi and Spy Kids series. James Cameron is one of the writers and also a producer of the film. Besides that, it stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, and Jennifer Connely. Without further ado, let’s delve down into the Alita: Battle Angel film review below!

 

Premise

In the year 2563, 300 years after the “The Fall”, a doctor scientist picks up a cyborg with a fully intact human brain from the junkyard. After fixing her, she realises that she has no recollection of what she is and who she is. However, enemies soon arrive from the Zalem, the only floating city left above the city. Could she survive the ordeal and discover her true identity at the same time?

Alita: Battle Angel film review Alita herself
When anime eyes are real!

 

Alita: Battle Angel Film Review

Alright, I have to say this out loud, the premise is following quite closely to the manga. In some sense, it follows it a bit too strictly, that it feels like they try to cram as many chapters into this single movie. I like the whole concept and the story world, and it does feel pretty unique. However, execution is an entirely different matter. Pacing is horrendous and a bit monotone. The film keeps introducing characters in bulks and some of the scenes that are supposed to be emotional are rushed through to include more action sequences. The romance is too cliché, too rushed and too forced to the point of weir dness.There is no climax, not much flow and most things seem to be sacrificed for its beautiful CGI graphics. Worse, the ending is very anti-climatic and I left the cinema feeling empty inside like I have wasted a good 2.5 hour. Which I feel is really a waste of an opportunity to produce a truly excellent live-action adaptation of a manga. Though, I must applaud it for being more serious in following the source.

Characters wise, it is also a bit of a failure. Alita is definitely the one getting the bulk of screentime with her shiny big eyes looking around the city and at the enemies. However, the other characters are not given extensive growth development and this applies to even the antagonist. The bad guys just suddenly show up without much explanation on why they want to kill Alita, and some of the bad guys turn into good guys without much reason too. It’s like everything follows a script that provides not much explanation behind their intentions. Lastly, the soundtrack and the graphics perhaps one of the recovering grace for the movies. The whole graphic is beautiful, and filled to the brim with cyberpunk flavour that is also slightly Japanese manga-ish type. For the soundtrack, it is pretty intense and complements the action scenes well.

 

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Alita: Battle Angel Film Review (2019) – Hollywood Japanese Cyberpunk
Story
Pacing
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
The CGI graphic and action sequences
Decent soundtracks
What's bad
Premise is very rushed
Characters are not given much room for growth
Pacing is monotonous
Weak antagonists
The ending is too anti-climatic
2.5
It's bad...
There's potential but it's now regressed to mostly great graphic
This film could be so much more, and it also features something different from the typical Hollywood adaptation of Japanese manga source. However, it sacrifices everything for its beautiful CGI graphics. Now it's like a beautiful statue that is hollow inside.
[Alita: Battle Angel film review score table]

 

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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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