Movie Review | Alita: Battle Angel [2019]

I review movies the same way I do books – my honest opinion with a possible mix of squealing or eye rolling (if needed). I also don’t review movies that often aside from my short takes during my monthly wrap-ups. I think the last movie that I did a review on was for The Greatest Showman (TV shows are an entirely different matter) which you can read here.

Genre: Action, Adventure, and Sci-fi
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writers: James Cameron (screenplay by), Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay by)
Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American cyber-punk-action film based on the 1990s Japanese manga series Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. It was directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-produced by James Cameron and written by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Rosa Salazar stars as the heroine Alita, a cyborg who awakens in a new body with no memory and sets out to learn her destiny. Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson star in supporting roles.


I’ve wanted to watch this movie since the first time I saw the trailer and even if it’s been 6 months since it’s release and I’ve only now seen it, my goodness I was not disappointed. You have to note of course that the movie connoisseur title goes to the hubby. If he wrote this, it would not look like this. He won’t let me post the cute Chibi of Alita for one. LOL. This reminds me, he still owes me for the review of Avengers: Endgame.

Back to the movie.

So I was originally impressed by how the trailer was made – Alita looked so human, minus the very anime-esque huge eyes. But that actually added to the appeal and it made her look like an actual angel (if they were drawn as anime characters).

What I loved.

Alita, of course. She’s this awesome cyborg who looks so innocent but can kill with just the flick of her wrist. Her character is driven by emotion. It doesn’t matter that she’s about 99% robot, the 1% of her that is so human makes her so endearing. It’s so cute how she’s so much a like a teen girl. She’s a very stubborn and determined character and she’s not afraid to go all out for the people she loves. She is innocence and death.

Cool tech. I’m taking about the body Alita got from the old United Republics of Mars (URM) ship – it has purple accents! Oh and it’s nano tech. But it has purple accents!!!! LOL. Also, that tech was supposed to be what, 300 years old and it’s way ahead of the tech of the present day.

The combat scenes. It was funny when these big baddies thought they’d just squish little Alita but they ended up losing their limbs and heads. Supposedly Alita has training in “Panzer Kunst”  from her life before she ended up in the junkyard.

You made the biggest mistake of your life.
And what’s that?
Underestimating who I am.

– Alita, Alita: Battle Angel

Just to be clear, I didn’t really hate anything in this movie, but I do have some very confused thoughts on some parts. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Food. How is Alita able to eat? I mean, the only part of her that was intact when she was salvaged from the junkyard was her head and part of a spine. Where does the food go? Does she need to go to the bathroom after she eats or does she have a different way to eliminate waste? Yes, I was thinking this while watching the movie.

The cute dog. C’mon, cute dogs in movies never die (unless the dogs death is the actual movie). Why did this particular pupper have to? Was it just to trigger Alita to fight Grewishka? She already wanted to fight him in the first place. Ugh.

That ending. So Alita figures out Nova was the true Villain in her world and he even caused the death of Hugo. After he fell, Alita went back to doing Motorball? Huh? Didn’t her memory say Zalem had to fall? So why Motorball? Does this mean there should be more to this movie? A part 2 perhaps?

I was supposed to pick from the 2 books I was waning to read next, instead I watched a movie. My teen is nudging me right now saying we need to watch Shazam! next. I think my down times will be more movie watching than book reading for the next couple of days.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think about it? Have you read the original Manga or watched the Anime version?

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