ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
I haven’t really been impressed with recent US adaptations of popular manga. (ie: Death Note/Ghost in the Shell) However, Alita Battle Angel is quite a fun ride. James Cameron produces and Robert Rodriguez directs a project that they clearly cared a lot about. The word I would use is “effort.” Alita isn’t without its flaws, but you can easily see the effort that everyone who worked on this film put into it.
The action sequences are what makes Alita what it is. Practically the roller ball scenes are absolutely mesmerizing. Alite is clearly a labor of love from its cast and crew. This is a movie that is very fun, and consistently fun throughout but it definitely does have its problems. The script isn’t exactly great, and because of this the film becomes discombobulated at a few different points. The villain is not really clearly defined, so you really don’t know who you’re rooting against. Some of the dialogue is also rather cringy, but if you manage to ignore that and focus on the action scenes and sheer spectacle, you’ll get more than your money’s worth.