Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Critic Consensus: Alita: Battle Angel's story struggles to keep up with its special effects, but fans of futuristic sci-fi action may still find themselves more than sufficiently entertained.
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Critic Reviews for Alita: Battle Angel
It's sort of overlong and overstuffed, but Rosa Salazar is quite good.
It suffers because like most of the Cameron stories, its not a deep story and unfortunately the special effects are really strong, but they are not revolutionary.
It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious.
I loved watching this sci-fi spectacle's moving parts. I just couldn't get past its brain.
Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong.
Audience Reviews for Alita: Battle Angel
James Cameron has been dreaming about making Alita: Battle Angel for decades. He bought the rights to the 90s manga and has been sitting on the property, having to continuously push it back because of technological demands and the demands of, at last count, a thousand Avatar sequels. Cameron co-wrote the screenplay and handed the directorial duties over to Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), a talented visual stylist who has been struggling of late. The marriage looks good and the final 122-minute feature is the closest a live-action film has ever gotten into replicating the look and feel of an anime, for better and worse. Hundreds of years after the fall of civilization, a lonely scrapper and doctor, Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovers the remains of a cyborg with a still beating heart. He puts her back together with a new body and names her Alita (Rosa Salazar). Sheâ(TM)s special and learning about the big new world, trying to unlock her memories of the past, and weâ(TM)re talking way way back into the past. Sheâ(TM)s old technology, something thatâ(TM)s quite valuable for the street gangs that strip amputees for parts and for the global corporation whose emissary (Mahershala Ali) needs to reclaim the powerful tech. Alita falls in love, learns about her sense of humanity, and fights lots and lots of robotic villains.
I can't think of a better example of uncanny valley than this distasteful movie, with its creepy-looking protagonist full of CGI on her face - and as for the rest, the plot is a dull, convoluted mess, the characters are flat and lifeless, and the dialogue is pretty much terrible.
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