I probably should have chosen an utterly scandalous caption. Say “Alita: A Genius Experiment Strictly for Like Minds” and have you question your feelings if you left the cinema hall feeling not so entertained 😁🤣. I won’t be the first writer to tow in that line, I just won’t be the smartest.
Alita: Battle Angel is a product of years of serious technological experimentation based on Yukito Kishiro’s Manga series Gunnm, The result is a joyful show-off of digital genius like I have never seen before ( pardon my myopia, I’m not a huge fan of animation). The amazing blend of CGI and reality coupled with digging out the fact that most of the stunts were done by the actors on set just sets this movie apart.
With all the energy directed to creating a breathtaking Live- Action experience, it’s absolutely forgivable if the story falls short in more ways than one. It drags for a bit and compounds that with a rather cliche plot. It’s okay, it makes it up with catchy dialogues and a breathtaking cinematic experience in 3D.
Producer James Cameron ( Titanic, Avatar,Terminator ) and Director Robert Rodriguez ( Sin City, Machete) brought together the Sci-Fi and Action stunts for which they are renowned for.
Alita: Battle Angel opens in 2563, 300 years after the Fall ( I was hoping that was an allusion to the actual end of the world). Iron City looks an actual mess littered with metallic waste. Doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds the unconscious remains of a Cyborg in the heap of rusty garbage. Ido is something of a plastic surgeon but of the really tech kind 😁 so he sets out to give his new patient a new body, names her Alita after his deceased daughter and nurses her unimaginably powerful mind to life and form.
Alita aka 99 ( Roza Salazar) soon discovers her love for chocolates, pretty boys and getting into fights and with her latest discoveries, her memory creeps back in.
Our bad guy is pretty much a Big Brother with the ability to hop around from one body to another with little to no regard for the sensibilities of his hosts and the fact that he leaves them feeling sick. Our bad guy is the Omniscient Nova and the entire plot leads us to Alita finding out the big bad plan of her destruction at the hands of Nova’s puppets which include Vector (Mahershala Ali) and Doctor Chiren ( Jennifer Connelly), Doctor Ido’s estranged wife.
The movie ends suggesting that there’s going to be a sequel which I’m almost certain might take a couple more years to put together.
On a lighter note, what I wouldn’t give to exchange Alita’s lovely hair for my yeye wig 😩😩.