Saturday, 2 March 2019

Alita: Battle Angel - A real hero and a real cyborg warrior

"I do not standby in the presence of evil!"

Based on the Japanese cyberpunk manga Gunnm, or better known as Battle Angel Alita, and also on the 1993 anime adaptation simply titled Battle Angel, this movie takes a very bold approach to remake it for the western audiences, while trying to retain much of the core of its origins. Produced and written by James Cameron as a longtime project of his, even before Avatar, Alita: Battle Angel follows the original story conceived by Yukito Kishiro very closely. Too closely, I might say. The directing part went to Robert Rodriguez of all people and I really have some irks to say about that. In preparation for this review, if I may call it so, I tried my best to find both the manga series and the animated movie just to make sure I have the basics laid out. Surely, a movie needs to stand on its own, but I needed to know if it indeed does and whether some of my suspicions are true. So buckle up, 'cause we're going on a complicated ride!