The Lowedown on “Alita: Battle Angel” (PG-13 – Theatrical – US)

Or “I want to fall in love like a real girl…but kick ass too”

Based on a manga (not anime, fellow space travelers), I knew this was going to be a CGI fest of epic proportions. One look at the trailer will give you that much…but then I looked at the cast. I figured what I was going to get out of this and felt it was worth seeing on the big screen. Let’s take this movie apart as we always do as I bring you The Lowedown…

Genre: Sci-Fi
Sub-genre: Comic
Length: 2hrs. 2min.

Let’s look at the movie scores…

Alita: Battle Angel

Cast=9

Acting=7

Ending=7

Plot=7

Story=6

Movie Score: 7.2

The cast is surprising. Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali are big time players. The acting was not living up to that, but you have to consider the script didn’t leave much room for method.
Plot:
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. So basically it’s Pinocchio only in the future. I was a bit disappointed in the ending… I think I wanted it to give me a bit more. It also left the story a little meh for me.

Favorite Quote: “You’ve been given a chance to start over with a clean slate. How many of us get that?”

Drilling into the Genre Scores…

Oh…you’re in trouble

CGI=10

Pace=10

Intense=9

I knew the CGI was going to be ridiculous! The layers and the background standout for me. The pace was also like a roller coaster… loved how this was done. The Intensity was top notch…. you know there is some major stuff going on and it builds as the movie progresses.

What about the sub-genre? Let’s take a look:

Don’t worry, someday you’ll be a real girl

Comic=8

Funny=7

Genre Score=8.8

I did not read the manga, but the characters look right and from what I understand the story is pretty close. This may change after I read it. I also want some comedy with my comic book and there were some good chuckle moments.

Total Score: 8.0

This movie turned out to be a lot of fun. there are elements of other movies/stories, but the CGI is what sets it apart. It tries to teach you something over the course of the film…good thing I was blinded by all the action. It might be that a leopard doesn’t change its spots… or a rolling stone gathers no moss… one thing I do know is this is a great watch for the Sci-Fi fan or a fan of the manga.

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