Alita: Battle Angel

Moviereviews.to will review the movie Alita: Battle Angel – Fantasy blockbuster adapted from entertaining Japanese manga with beautiful techniques, action, even though the script is still hugging and many things are not proper.

General Information

Alita: Battle Angel is adapted from the manga series Gunnm by author Yukito Kishiro, first published in 1990. Set in the post-apocalyptic fantasy world, the work revolves around the main character Alita – a young girl. robot body with its journey to find memories.

Behind Alita: Battle Angel is James Cameron – a legendary filmmaker who has created many blockbuster classics such as Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic, Avatar …

The adaptation of Gunnm to the big screen has been cherished by Cameron since the early 2000s, with his own script and directing work. However, the project has been delayed continuously due to the busy filmmaker making Avatar, as well as post-story sequels after the blockbuster of the planet Pandora was released in late 2009.

As of April 2016, official information, The first of the new project was announced by 20th Century Fox. Robert Rodriguez – a filmmaker well-known for his outstanding works such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), or Sin City (2005) was assigned to the role of director, while James Cameron retired to produce. and co-writer.

It took two decades of development, with a huge investment of up to 170 million USD, Alita: Battle Angel is the most expensive and longest-running Japanese comic film adaptation ever. Under the enthusiastic shaping of Cameron and Rodriguez, audiences expect this will be an attractive and successful blockbuster project.

However, Hollywood history has never left a good impression with adaptations from manga or Japanese animation. Most of these groups of works have failed completely because of poor quality, from Guyver (1991), Fist of the North Star (1995), Dragonball: Evolution (2009) to Death Note (2017).

Even large-invested works like Speed ​​Racer (2008) or Ghost in the Shell (2017) are of better quality, but still, fail in sales and fail to meet audience expectations when put on the scale. compare with the original.

Therefore, despite being heavily invested and backed by Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, Alita: Battle Angel is still a risky gamble for 20th Century Fox.

The content is easy to follow but still has many inconsistencies. 

The plot

Alita: Battle Angel is a combination of the original comic book and two episodes of the animated OVA released in 1993. For audiences who have watched the original, they will It was easy to enjoy the movie thanks to the events and the very loyal character line.

With the public audience seeing the work for the first time, Alita: Battle Angel is not difficult to follow. The story of a character who explores his past and the mysteries of the world in a post-apocalyptic fantasy setting is now too common, and can often be found in novel adaptations. Teenager.

Characters and events in the movie are introduced to the audience quickly and clearly. The film circuit only has a single storyline, with linear developments, does not contain any conspiracy, secret plans, fussy or sublime ideas. So Alita: Battle Angel is easy to follow, and suitable for most audiences.

Besides the main duo Alita (Rosa Salazar), other important characters like Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) – who found and raised the robot girl, or Hugo (Keean Johnson) – Alita’s first love, Also introduced early in detail about circumstances and personality. The first love “old age” between Alita and Hugo is also emphasized and prioritized time so that the movie can become more youthful and romantic.

Despite owning an easy-to-follow story, Alita: Battle Angel still makes a familiar mistake in adaptations. The film introduces many events and characters in an outrageous manner but does not go into detail to build or exploit those elements.

As a result, apart from the main characters mentioned above, the rest of the faces are pale, no matter how short or long they appear. From Chiren (Jennifer Connelly) – Dr. Ido’s ex-wife with complicated psychology, or Vector (Mahershala Ali) – the hands of many hearts and Grewishka (Jackie Earle Haley) – the monstrous villain, they are not Any highlight that stands out, with ambiguous action purposes.

Alita’s past story, the secret history of the flying city of Zalem, or the unidentified villain behind manipulation are all mentioned, but only evocative for the sequels, not resolved. reasonable decision. That makes the whole work lack the necessary independence and completeness.

Real effects, beautiful action

Alita: Battle Angel possesses realistic and impressive visual effects. The post-apocalyptic fantasy world scene is shown through Iron City which is both dusty, desolate, multi-style, and rich in vitality. Shapes of machine characters are handled by computer techniques uniquely and with high authenticity.

Among the mechanical characters, the main character Alita has the most careful investment. The entire girls are visualized, with facial expressions captured live and recreated from actress Rosa Salazar’s expression. Alita was lively, not contrived, stiff.

However, Alita’s oversized eyes – the controversial highlight of the film from the very first days of character creation – can still be a ripple for a part of the audience.

Regarding the logic in the movie, shaping her eyes is acceptable, because Alita’s face is also an artificial face, so the five senses can be adjusted differently from nature.

However, put in the film’s overview, those oversized eyes are not natural. The reason is that the other characters, no matter how monstrously mechanical they possess, still retain their natural features. That makes Alita suddenly become “different” too much to be lost, and not be favorable.

The action part of the movie is of very good quality. The action scenes are of sufficient length, are distributed throughout a reasonable spread. Character movements while performing an action are smooth, clear, and beautiful, with a variety of camera angles that incorporate slow-motion tricks.

Alita: Battle Angel’s action sequences are mostly melee and chase, with highlights of Alita and Grewishka’s confrontation, as well as the fast and thrilling Motorball sequence.

In the film, the strength and physicality of the fictional characters are specially enhanced, so the action scenes are rich, highly creative, or even somewhat violent when the group of characters is destroyed. mercilessly canceled.

Fantasy world and characters are still evocative

Possessing a beautiful, realistic fantasy scene, and a relatively crowded character system, but, Alita: Battle Angel has not yet fully demonstrated the potential of the original comic book and animation that the film adapted.

The world in the movie has almost no special highlights, more prominent than the works of the same genre. Compared with the brutal and chaotic ruined world of the original, Iron City in the movie appears sketchy.

The anarchy in the film is hardly shown in detail, the death threats from robotic criminals, or body robbers … which are constantly present outside now are not. still too prominent, just like a few exceptional cases.

That makes the role of the Bounty Hunters group in the movie unintentionally downplayed and blurred. The actions of the characters are therefore also unreasonable, as in detail Alita called on the group of hunters to chase after Grewishka suddenly became unconvincing.

Details intended to build another world such as the principle of combining the natural body and the mechanical body, the influence of technology incorporated into everyday life, or the Motorball race itself, are only mentioned. to a brief, but not really specific.

Outside the world, the characters in the movie themselves are not fully exploited. The film’s supporting characters are lackluster, with ambiguous personalities and goals, even with ground-breaking faces like Chiren or Grewishka.

Chiren’s character can be completely removed from the movie without significantly affecting the plot. The main antagonist Grewishka is superficial, not cruel enough, brutal enough, and not freakily complicated enough as in the original comic book.

In the main character group, Keean Johnson’s Hugo initially left a good impression with his strong, agile, and dynamic personality. But as he later, he lacks the assertiveness of his original goal, then naturally changes quickly and easily thanks to the “power of love”. This is the unfortunate case when the character has been adjusted from the original in a more negative direction.

Possessing beautiful techniques and action, Alita: Battle Angel is a blockbuster and entertaining action and fantasy. Although there are still shortcomings when embracing too many details that have not been thoroughly handled, making the overall movie incomplete, this is still a bright choice for mass audiences to entertain on weekends.

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