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Alita: Battle Angel Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • Tamil ]
Alita: Battle Angel Review
20th Century Fox
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
Robert Rodriguez
James Cameron, Jon Landau
Tom Holkenborg

When technology, animatronics means creativity… the directors and creators always want to travel that extra mile to give something that real life movies are unable to do so. Alita is one such ambitious project, but in terms to give a fitting experience, seems the makers lost track and veered from the original play. It's a coming-of-age melodrama about young love in the post-apocalyptic future, centering on a young woman called Alita with “the face of an angel and a body built for battle”, and involving plenty of human-slash-cyborg martial arts.

The story begins with cyber-surgeon Doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz), picking over an enormous junkyard that we learn is full of the detritus left by the war known as The Fall, which took place some 300 years before. This conflict left Iron City as a messed up dystopia overshadowed (literally) by a floating city above it – an ideal lifestyle and living  that the citizens of Iron City dream of, and frequently bargain to gain access to with desperate measures. In the heap of trash, Ido finds the still living core of a young cyborg woman with a human brain, and takes her back to the surgery he uses to perform repairs. Here he gives Alita a whole new body, but when she wakes she can’t remember who she is, or why. As predictable it could be, she’s an absolute expert in the legendary but now extinct martial art, Panzer Kunst…

The year, is 2563 and so the apocalypse is further away, so thats way into the future. Alita  his latest creation, a girlishly slight but steely fusion of flesh and wires who awakens with a blank-slate brain that gradually admits glitchy memories of battles centuries before. Part of that success is owed to the script that producer James Cameron and co-writer Laeta Kalogridis taking time over for quite some time, as this film was in development alongside Cameron's own Avatar. The story works so well in both the capacity of setting up a larger world, as well as letting  the audience really get to know the people living in it, with a good dose of action set-pieces to keep it all moving. There are so many plates spinning in Alita: Battle Angel, but all are vital to truly building the world we could potentially return to. So yes, there is possibility of a sequel if the makers aspire to do one. Of course, without Rodriguez's directing chops, and the spectacular cast chosen to bring it to life, Alita: Battle Angel wouldn't have the super-powered heart it possesses. In particular, Rosa Salazar's tremendous work as Alita holds this universe together, without any question or fault. Her shifts from childlike wonder to her more grown and experienced persona happen so naturally, with Salazar seizing focus in the most naturalistic of ways.
Verdict :  Overall, ; had it been more engaging with respect to humor, twists and turns in the story-line, the movie which has everything with respect to CGI would have done wonders. 

Rating: 3 / 5.0

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