Alita: Battle Angel feels vaguely reminiscent of a variety of films like Spielberg’s Ready Player One and so many other post apocalyptic films centered around cyborgs and humans. It’s like a sci-fi fantastical version of Dr. Frankenstein to be more specific.
Having said that I actually enjoyed the film because it centered around a badass female character who took no prisoners under no circumstances. Alita, the deceased daughter of Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) and Dr. Shiren (Jennifer Connolly), is brought back as a cyborg with no memory of her former life. She inadvertently discovered that she possesses the strength and skills of an entire army, which peaks curiousity about her mysterious past. With the face of an angel and a body built for battle, she eventually learns her purpose and finds love along the way.
Production Design by Caylah Eddleblute and Steve Joyner are exceptionally captivating. Rosa Salazar gives Alita an action-adventure driven, humanistic sensibility that makes you root for her from the minute she appears. Needless to say director Robert Rodriguez knows how to provide a healthy balance of story with non-stop action that is more acrobatic than blood and gore. As an enormous Anime fan of such projects like Speed Racer and DragonBall, Alita is right up my alley and it will entertain fans of that genre beyond their expectations.
If you simply want to have a good time without judgement, 20th Century Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel is a fun, fantastical ride through Iron City with a young woman determined to win at any cost in theatres right now!