Plans two years ago, the live action adaptation of the manga Yukito Kishiro finally touched the big screen. The film Alita: Battle Angel was successfully written and produced by James Cameron. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, this film is a cyberpunk show centered on an amnesia cyborg named Alita and his adventures in the 26th century.
Tells Alita (Rosa Salazar), a robot born again thanks to the ability of Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz), a doctor who is aware of Alita's potential. Living in Iron City, Ido tries to protect him from his mysterious past. Meanwhile, his new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson) actually helps recover his lost memories.
Because of the ability of the Panzer Kunts stance and its cyborg body that has advanced technology, Alita became the target. He also managed to find pieces of memory from his past and remember his mission to kill people behind the crime in the city. Has Alita successfully met the person behind the crime?
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Despite the length of production, many people are a bit pessimistic about this film. Even leaving aside the fact that anime adaptations of live action forms are historically terrible. Moreover, the extended production and release dates were postponed several times, giving the impression that Fox was not convinced by the film Alita: Battle Angel.
Overall, the sequence of actions exhibited by Alita: Battle Angel is very thrilling. Combining practical and digital effects to create action from Rodriguez for years. Moreover, Panzer Kunst's fighting style, the IPs of his manga come alive in a thrilling and binding way.
One of Rodriguez's most powerful storytelling skills is his ability to create tension in a series of actions. He was careful in arranging action scenes. In a way, one of the best in the whole movie is a bar fight. That is where Rodriguez is at his best.
The 3-D effects implemented in this action sequence are also quite amazing. The Motorball scene in this film is more than just the price of an IMAX 3-D entry ticket. In a way, the scene serves as the most astonishing sequence in the entire film, both in construction and in its implementation. Perhaps, the scene became a large setpiece of Rodriguez that he had ever made.
Complementary Performance of the Characters
The amazing performance of Rosa Salazar imparts Alita's character with sincerity. As an amnesia cyborg, Salazar becomes an important point both visually and in stories throughout the film. In fact, the audience could just focus wrong because they admire Alita compared to the world around her which is also interesting. What's more, Salazar's emotional play and reaction were strong as Alita.
Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly get the most substantial roles, playing as Dr. Ido and Dr. Chiren Waltz can go beyond the touching role of father and mentor, making him an unforgettable player in the film. Connelly managed to become Chiren, making it one of the interesting and charming movie characters.
Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earl Haley, and Ed Skrein can play various antagonistic characters throughout the film. Ali brings quiet and calm intensity to the evil Vector, while Haley and Skrein are more obedient villains. Broadly speaking, a number of cameos performed unexpectedly.
Perfect Marriage from Practical and Digital Effects
The CGI effect in Alita: Battle Angel is the best this film has to offer. Cinematography is consistently beautiful, surprising beats of action, and it becomes a pretty satisfying peak for Alita. He became the creative power of Rodriguez. Moreover, James Cameron is no stranger to creating an immersive and convincing 3-D sci-fi world. He must have given that knowledge to Rodriguez.
Choreography, staging, and action performed extraordinary. Some are less than perfect, so there are scenes that feel slow. As if there is a gap between the actions and reactions of the characters who use CGI. However, it's all not too problematic if you watch with 3-D effects.
The towering view of Iron City and Zalem that presents a truly captivating dynamic from the start. Visually and thematically, the idea of upper-class aristocrats who can throw garbage whenever they want to go down, becomes a brilliant concept in post-Apocalyptic. This film plays the dynamics of Zalem and Iron City as an effective substitute for portrayal of Heaven and Earth.