Hello all, and welcome to my review of Alita: Battle Angel! 😀
Starring: Rosa Salazar (Alita), Christoph Waltz (Dr. Dyson Ido), Keean Johnson (Hugo), Jennifer Connelly (Chiren), Mahershala Ali (Vector), Ed Skrein (Zapan), Jackie Earle Haley (Grewishka)
Plot (taken from IMDb):
“A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.”
Rosa Salazar (Alita) – A unique mix of naive, innocent, and completely badass. There are so many touching, human moments throughout the movie, and then a switch flips and suddenly she’s throwing herself into a no holds barred battle to the death. I absolutely love her!
Christoph Waltz (Dr. Dyson Ido) – A man with a complicated fatherly type relationship with Alita. It’s clear how much he cares about her, even early on. He’s also a cybernetic doctor/surgeon.
Keean Johnson (Hugo) – A complicated character who makes decisions that had me mentally yelling at the screen while in the theater. Why, Hugo?! WHY?!?!
Jennifer Connelly (Chiren) – Dr. Ido’s ex wife, complicated in her own ways. She also makes poor decisions, based on her situation. At first I didn’t like her all that much, but she eventually redeemed herself in my eyes.
Mahershala Ali (Vector) – I love to hate this man. He’s one of those arrogant, convinced he’s invincible type of villains, with absolutely no loyalty to anyone but himself.
Ed Skrein (Zapan) – I also love to hate him. He falls into the same category as Vector, completely full of himself and way too convinced that he’s untouchable. He also seems obsessed with how pretty he thinks he is.
Jackie Earle Haley (Grewishka) – This guy just seemed to enjoy being evil and being able to crush anyone who tried to stand up against him. He’s a nasty bad guy, but he’s more of a pawn to the other two baddies. Although, one of the deaths he’s responsible for shoots him up to the top of the list of characters I’d most like to set on fire. You’ll know it when you get there.
This was a fun roller coaster of serious moments, deadly battles, and oddly cute, touching moments. At times, Alita seemed almost childlike in the way she interacted with the world around her, probably partially due to her memory loss, only to throat punch someone a few minutes later.
The relationships she starts building, pretty much as soon as Dr. Ido rebuilds her, are all really very sweet. Complicated (I keep using that word with good reason), but sweet.
Which leads me into my favorite part of all movies (when applicable) – the romance!! Yaaaaaay!
Lol, the whole thing between Alita and Hugo is adorable, but Hugo is a bit of a bad boy. Sort of. Or maybe he just makes really poor life decisions. Either way – Why, Hugo?! WHY?!?!
But Alita sees the good in him, and loves him, flaws and all. She’s never shy about showing it, either. She even offers him her heart. Literally.
I’m not sure about the people in the floating city, you only see 3 of them in this movie, but a good portion of the population on the ground have had parts of their bodies replaced with cybernetic parts. There seems to be a little strain between regular humans and modified humans, but this movie doesn’t get into that very much.
Everyone in this world seems to have secrets too, some of which you won’t see coming. Others, you’ll suspect, and really hope you’re wrong.
The world in this movie is so dark. Everyone living on the ground below the floating city seems desperate to get out, and find a way up to the floating city. Everyone’s scrounging, trying to scrape by, and only really looking out for themselves for the most part. Meanwhile, the city above dumps their garbage down on them, and no one from there ever ventures down.
The only way to get up there seems to be through this world’s version of rollerball. They’re encouraged to crush each other if that’s what it takes to win.
I absolutely loved the battle scenes, and while I don’t remember them being particularly bloody (everything flew by so fast it was hard to tell – sometimes literally), the fights were brutal. I joke about limbs and organs flying everywhere when I’m reviewing horror movies, but this movie seriously had tons of that, sprinkled in between all the cute moments with Alita and some of the other characters.
At one point someone breaks an arm off in someone else’s eye socket.
Alita doesn’t pull any punches. As innocent as she is, she’s pretty much a one woman army when she gets mad. I love that she never backs down.
The movie does a good job of keeping you guessing as to whether she was good or bad before she lost her memories too. There’s a question as to her origins, and why she was thrown away, and only some of that is explained.
She’s always very clear about where she stands now, however.
If I have one complaint about this movie, it’s that while it can stand alone, you definitely get the feeling a few times that you’re missing something if you haven’t read the graphic novels. Any time there’s an adaptation from book to movie, there’s usually a little of that regardless. It doesn’t really take away from the movie though.
Honestly, the only thing that could really screw this up is if they don’t make a sequel. It ends on a fairly dramatic note, with some loose ends unaddressed, and some assess still needing kicked.
Seriously, there is one character in particular who still needs an arm broken off in their eye socket. Just saying.
My rating for Alita – Battle Angel: Epic – This is the kind of movie that’s right up my alley, and I absolutely loved it. Like I said though, it really, really needs a sequel. I heard they originally planned on doing 3 Alita movies, and I hope that’s true. Definitely check this one out if you like movies like Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, or dark, futuristic type stories with cyborgs. 😀
My Rating System:
Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.
Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.
Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.
Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.
Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.