So I just came back from watching Alita: Battle Angel in 3D, and I must say it was pretty good. Despite some issues that some may find with the movie, there’s more good than bad in my opinion.
I legitimately didn’t have any expectations going into this movie. In fact, it was only a few days ago that I began to really pay any attention to Alita: Battle Angel. All I knew was that the movie was based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Gunnm, also known as Battle Angel Alita. As a manga and anime fan, I fully understood that adapting anything from those sorts of media to live-action movies would always fall short in comparison to their rich source material. Still, I blissfully walked into that cinema to actually find myself enjoying the movie.
To give you a quick rundown of the movie, Alita: Battle Angel is set several centuries in the future where the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she learns that she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past. As it turns out, she’s a berserker that once fought a war in the distant past.
The performance from Alita (Rosa Salazar) was great. She really did a fantastic job of bringing Alita to live. Her supporting cast also did a good job as well but Alita practically carried the movie in some way.
If anything, I gotta give props to the mesmerizing visuals, fun & slick action and its use of stunning in 3D effects. The world of Iron City, the Badlands and Zalem really came to life as I watched Alita venture out to learn about herself and her past. The Motorball scenes especially were the highlight of the movie. Those were some of the most adrenaline-pumping action sequences I’ve seen in 3D. I was thoroughly impressed with all the Motorball scenes.
The story was pretty OK too, as someone who hasn’t read the manga, I wasn’t plagued with the knowledge of knowing where the movie went wrong but I will say that some plot points to me at the time wasn’t very clear and left me a bit confused. Also, I will admit that while the story really focused on Alita, it didn’t give the other supporting cast enough time for them to shine, leaving me only caring for Alita.
I know a lot of people like to point out Alita’s anime eyes but after watching the movie, it kinda made sense and even added a little more charm to Alita. Like there wasn’t a moment in which I felt an uncanny vibe from Alita that pulls me away from the movie
Overall, Alita: Battle Angel is definitively something worth watching if you’re into high action-packed sci-fi cyberpunk movies. I would honestly like to see a sequel as that last scene really got me wanting to see more of Alita in action. It’s worth the watch, specifically in 3D.