Alita: Battle Angel Review
by O. Spooner
**** 4 Stars
‘The animation for Alita, and all the other cyborgs, is amazing. The clearly fake metal body combined with the almost human facial features are extremely good.’
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz & Keean Johnson
Synopsis: 300 years after the fall, a cyborg surgeon repairs a girl he found in a junkyard, with no memory of who she is. The girl begins to learn many things about her surroundings, including the person who rebuilt her secret life as a hunter warrior.
First of all, what is a hunter warrior? A hunter warrior as basically a bounty hunter and a very emotional backstory explains why the cyborg surgeon, Dr Dyson Ido, became one. Second of all, what is ‘The Fall’? The Fall was a massive war which separates the place the film is set into two parts. Anyway, Alita is obviously the name of the main character. The animation for her, and all the other cyborgs, is amazing. The clearly fake metal body combined with the almost human facial features are extremely good. The scenery also looks amazing as it seems realistic and blends in, but you can tell that something about it is fake. One thing that is also incredible is Motorball, a crazy fast-paced sport in which you ride around an arena with a strange ball and try to score, whilst also trying to be the last one standing. The idea is great and the arena where it’s played in the film looks incredible!
There are obviously some bad parts and for most of the film, the villain seems confusing. During one of the first scenes, a ‘wanted’ poster explains that there is a murderer on the loose, who has murdered 6 people. It seems like this is forgotten because this has nothing to do with the film. Another one is this large cyborg called Grewishka, he also turns out to be a dead end. And finally, there’s Vector who is technically a villain, but at the same time, he isn’t really – he’s more of an anti-hero then a villain. Another bad thing is that the film is extremely dark, with some very graphic scenes, including someone’s severed head which might be a bit frightening for some viewers.
Overall, this film is great but you can tell why this film has its age rating.
Alita: Battle Angel is currently available on Sky and was rated 12 by the BBFC.