“Alita: Battle Angel” is a new science fiction, cyberpunk film based on some Manga series out if Japan. Robert Rodriguez is the director of this piece which was written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis with Yukito Kishiro being the original creator of this character.
Rosa Salazar plays the title role with great supporting talent by Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, and Ed Skrein. The film has a lot of going for it with a compelling cast and stunning visual effects. The fight and chase scenes were also pretty well done.
I don’t really keep up with Manga, so I am not sure how closely this film follows the original source material. As a movie, there’s quite a lot that works here, but some of the plot felt a little muddled. I also was not that satisfied with an ending. The producers obviously have some major franchise ambitions. I am not sure the box office returns that I have just read are going to justify the studio to follow through with those intentions.
Not only were other reviews mixed among various critic, I had a mixed reaction to the film within myself. I would not say this film is one to avoid, but I also understand why the approval among the pros isn’t unanimous.