Now that Oscars season has come and gone, I can focus on some other new release films. The latest being Alita: Battle Angel.
From director Robert Rodriguez and a writing team comprised of James Cameron comes this futuristic tale of a female cyborg who is deactivated and thrown into a scrap yard. She is found and given new life by the mysterious Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz). Her name? Alita (Rosa Salazar) who, as she grows into a second life, becomes more curious of her past. Along the way, Alita meets a young companion, Hugo (Keean Johnson) who helps her on the journey to discover herself. The thing is, however, nothing is what Alita expects and she learns that she could very well be who this war-torn world needs to save it.
Alita is a quintessential coming-of-age story. It has plenty of action and great performances from a star-studded cast. The film does have its faults, though, as my main gripe is its predictability. I did not see the film previously, of course, but I could figure out what was going to happen next in the plot with ease in many cases. Additionally, the relationship between Alita and Hugo – which, unsurprisingly, turned romantic – is oftentimes cheesy and unnecessary.
All in all, Alita is a good film to see. I would recommend waiting for it to become available on streaming and other platforms, however.
My Grade: B-