Review: Alita: Battle Angel Print E-mail
Friday, 15 February 2019 04:16

Rating:  Z

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  A cyborg girl named Alita wakes up in the future without any recollection of who she is.  She is taken in by a doctor named Ido, played by Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), who tries to help her learn about her new life while she sporadically has flashes of her previous life and who she was.

The Good:  Known for creating stunning visual worlds with state-of-the-art technology, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron made no exception when it came to forming Alita.  The thing that really brings the story to life, aside from the acting, is the setting.  Alita:  Battle Angel transports you to a place that seems almost familiar, albeit in the very distant future.  Rosa Salazar (Bird Box, CHIPS) transforms into Alita so seamlessly, it is easy to forget that the character you are seeing is being brought to life by an actual person.  The elements of this film that were the most fun to watch were the action and fighting sequences, keeping your eyes glued to these truly captivating scenes.

The Bad:  As enjoyable as the film is, its joy is easily overshadowed by its dismissiveness.  The plot was a bit convoluted at times making it difficult to discern the way in which the story was meant to progress.  Although Alita moves along at a mostly reasonable pace, it is still a little long clocking in at 2 hours and 22 minutes.  Since this film is an adaptation of a manga series, it is clear that it was difficult to compact such an extensive storyline into one film.

The Ugly:  Overall, Alita is a decent movie.  For those of us who appreciate action films or anime, it is very entertaining to watch.  However, if you’re looking for a film with a little more substance then this may not be for you.

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping





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