Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel, 8.1/10, is the first instalment in what we can only assume will become a larger franchise and from watching this film, I am filled with excitement for what a franchise this could become. This really is a cinematic spectacle with mesmerising photo-realistic CGI visuals that needs to be seen on the big screen to be able to appreciate cyborgs living among humans in a fascinating dystopian future.

This action-packed film opens with Dr Dyson Ido (Christoper Waltz) stumbling across part of a young cyborg female whilst raiding the scrap heap. When the realisation that she is still living sets in, Dr Ido sets out to help Alita become mobile again however she is unable to remember who she is or where she’s been. Her journey to discover the truth of her existence results in her fight in hope of changing the world.

Alita, as a central character, is intriguing and incredibly powerful but seeing a strong ‘female’ lead take on any opponent felt a little less convincing in the moment she fell in love with the first person she met. The relationship wasn’t believable enough to take up that much screen time and compared with the marvellous effects and transfixing action sequences, it really didn’t seem necessary for anything other than ticking a Hollywood narrative must-have. The narrative overall was well played out, establishing the what, who, and why without having to literally feed the audience all of the information.

You can see the work of producer James Cameron throughout and watching this really did feel like the first time I watched Avatar: an instant popcorn blockbuster classic that fills me excitement for what’s to come. I may even have to go again but next time watch it in 3D. Be sure to get down to your local cinema and see this whilst you have the opportunity.

Picture: 9/10

Sound: 8/10

Narrative: 8/10

Acting: 7/10

Originality: 8/10

Entertainment (of its Genre): 9/10

Overall rating….. 8.1/10

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