Review: Alita – Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Duration: 122 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 08-FEB-2019
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

An action-packed story of one young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world.

Overall Review:
Based on a series of Manga graphic novels by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez with visionary James Cameron keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. Visually stunning, Alita: Battle Angel is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and it requires the control of a filmmaker who can manage the bigness of action and the intimacy of character. Set against a post-apocalyptic future (Yea 2563), Alita: Battle Angel follows the story of Alita (Rosa Salazar), a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor, Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita’s attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey. Alita (Rosa Salazar) brings humanity and warmth to Alita’s voyage of discovery and she looks assured and confident during the action scenes, but the rest of the cast (Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali) don’t really leave any impact. Its the first half that builds ALITA’s empire but at the same time, second half felt rushed (to get the empire down). The action scenes in the film are impressive and the emotional content is well-balanced. The big draw for Alita: Battle Angel is the scope of the production, with Rodriguez trying to make the movie look immense and dimensional, employing a significant amount of visual effects to generate strange visions. Alita has several of Cameron’s trademarks but at its heart is a simple love story with a female lead and a handsome hunk surrounded by absolute state of the art effects in 3D. In IMAX 3D its spectacular world is almost too much to take in. Overall, Alita: Battle Angel will have a cult audience for its spectacular visuals and its unique world building.

PDF Verdict:
Alita: Battle Angel is a stunning visual feast for the senses, with sparkling spectacle but with cracks, caused by weak script and thin characters. Nevertheless, Combo if Rodriguez and Cameron is an absorbing and delightful cinema experience that really has to be experienced in IMAX ONLY. A New Chapter…A Brave New World of Woman Cyborg !!!

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5
CGI / Animation: 4 on 5

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