Movie Review – Alita: Battle Angel
Good Morning Androids and Cyborgs,
Today’s post is all about my review of the 2019 movie Alita: Battle Angel.
Now, I hadn’t heard much about this movie up until now, but when I was scanning through my library’s new releases, the cover looked interesting.
I figured, why not give it a go? It looked sci fi/action/adventure, and I love all of those things.
Before I can tease you any more (cause you know I’ll keep doing it), let’s get into the review!
Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.
All right, so all things considered, I actually ended up not enjoying this movie all that much.
At first, this movie showed a lot of promise. The CGI and concept were great.
We start the movie with an older gentleman (a doctor) searching through piles of junk in a junkyard. He comes across a cyborg’s discarded body and decides to try to repair it.
Shortly after, the cyborg awakens and we learn that she is a special model that the doctor hasn’t really seen before. The cyborg has no idea who she is or where she came from, and throughout the movie, her journey is about figuring that out, as well as finding purpose in this new world.
The concept of this movie started off really nice. I was curious about this cyborg and where she came from. However, as the plot started to unfold, that’s where I started having issues.
Briefly after being resurrected, the doctor takes the cyborg out around the strange town they live in to view the world she lives in. And that’s when the cyborg (called Alita) discovers she likes this guy named Hugo pretty much right off the bat.
Now, you guys know how I feel about romance in movies and books. So long as it stays in the background and isn’t a primary focus, I’m okay.
But it was pretty obvious that this was going to be a main theme in the story, and I personally felt that it cheapened the character and the story as well.
Why did the cyborg instantly give goo goo eyes not even thirty minutes in? She doesn’t even know who she is, but she’s ogling some random guy? I don’t know, I just didn’t like it. I feel like it made her more two dimensional instead of a fully fleshed out character. A better way for it to have occurred in my opinion was for her to focus on remembering who she is first and then having a reason for her and this Hugo to interact.
Anyways, after she meets this Hugo guy, she quickly makes up excuses to run into him, which again means cheapening her character. I guess cyborgs have nothing better to do than chase boys around town?
We finally get into some main plot points after a bit, establishing an enemy, and there are some much needed battle scenes. I really did enjoy the battles in this movie, however, after a while, some of them got extremely repetitive (as in fighting the same person over and over). This really killed the mood for me, even though it was different every time.
Near the end of the movie, we get a sense that things should be wrapping it (since the main plot lines are resolved), but the movie dragged on for way too long if you ask me by at least twenty minutes. I don’t know why they dragged it out like they did, but I was basically looking forward to the end so I could just be done with it.
Lastly, the cliches.
The amount of cliches overused in this movie are quite dreadful if you ask me. The main source of the cliche was the romance (like you really couldn’t see that coming?).
Here are some terrible cliches that were truly cringe-worthy:
(To Alita) “You’re the most human person I’ve ever met.”
(Said by Alita) “The only place we belong is together.” (Said how many million times in every cheesetastic movie?)
Overdramatic promises of “I’m coming back for you” when someone is in a coma. (Just kill me now)
And lastly, the overdramatic “NOOOOOOOO!” as something bad happens. (Are you kidding me?)
Honestly, the clichés near the end were enough to tip me from “I’m indifferent to this movie” to “I can’t stand this crap.” Not a fun time.
After experiencing this movie in its totality and weighing the pros and cons, I am giving this movie a 4/10.
While Alita: Battle Angel is certainly entertaining in spots, overall the movie is too flawed to be considered enjoyable, at least in my opinion.
Have you seen this movie? What did you think? Did you love it? Hate it? Feel free to share in the comments, and happy watching!
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