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Theatrical Poster

So this is what a $170 million fan fiction looks like. And I mean that in the best possible way.

When an early trailer dropped back in late 2017 I spelled it out this way: James. Cameron. Is. A. Fan. Of. Battle. Angel.

Judging by the finished product I’d say that Director Robert Rodriguez is also a fan, and that most of the cast were at least OK with that. Rosa Salazar in particular delivers a superb performance as Alita[1], ably supported by Christoph Waltz as Doc Ido.

Storywise the adaptation of Alita from Yukito Kishiro’s Gunnm manga is very cleverly done as a blend of the initial arc with Hugo and the later Motorball arc. This possibly overloaded the movie slightly with action scenes.

However the film is relatively well balanced overall between the action and the characters, and the blended story works surprisingly well.

The film looked and sounded fantastic, and overall I strongly recommend it as an example of a live action adaptation done right by a director and producer who clearly loved their work.

By all accounts so does Yukito Kishiro who apparently adores it, and has seen it at least 5 times.

So if you haven’t seen it on the big screen, give it a go.

[1] That one cringeworthy line from the trailer notwithstanding but she even made a gallant effort at that one.