• Joshua Buck

Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Review (When critics forget that movies can be fun)

A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

This movie is hard to dislike. I went in with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Is it a fantastic movie that will go down in history as a great like classic Kubrick movie such as The Shining… probably not but did I enjoy it? Hell yes. I enjoyed it in the same category as Pacific Rim, Kong Skull Island and Godzilla: King of Monsters. Movies that are critical flops but what people actually enjoy. So back to Alita: Battle Angel, this movie can be criticised for the protagonist, Alita (Rosa Salazar) being reactive to the story rather than the protagonist being proactive. However, I don’t think this is a criticism as this film is an exception to the rule as Alita is discovering the world for herself so the audience is following her along. I think this is great as it creates genuine intrigue and you want to see how Alita reacts to her newfound world. Alita character is the highlight of this movie. The writer’s ability to put her into situations that make for such raw emotional reactions. Now let me indulge into the review of the movie but not with how much I enjoyed the movie but with a critical head. The CGI of this movie is amazing in part the spectacle of when Alita first sees the city is beautiful and everything that I think CGI should be trying to achieve when creating a city. However, there was some of the CGI that I didn’t like such as the bounty hunters’ faces being stuck onto a CGI cyborg which I really didn’t like.

The acting in this movie was… suspect at times but whether that was down to cheesy written dialogue or poor acting I’m not quite sure. However, the performances by Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar were enough to carry the movie. The world-building of this movie was fantastic and there was a lot going on in the background that made this dystopia feel so real.

Overall, whilst there is a lot of problems with this movie, I enjoyed it so much and it was nice to see a movie I enjoyed that was easy to watch with enough twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat. However, I am not blinded by my enjoyment of this movie to make a critical stance. I loved it but… I rate this movie 4/5.

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