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Alita: Battle Angel Has Some Flaws, But Entertains

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Submitted by Joel on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 13:25

I like movies featuring exceptional individuals. That's probably why I like superhero movies so much. I like seeing them try to manage their environment and how people around them react to their incredible feats. Sometimes these movies fall short, though. Maybe the world the movie has created doesn't quite work right (in my mind, at least), or maybe the reactions are just off. I still enjoy watching it, but it's hard for me to really get into the movie. This movie, though, I was engrossed and involved. If you like fantastical movies about Earth-adjacent societies with amazing characters, I think you'll enjoy this one.

Alita: Battle Angel is set in 26th century Earth 300 years after a great war known as The Fall, which pitted inhabitants of Mars vs the powerful on Earth. Not much was said about the war in the movie, but Alita was found in a junkyard and was made using long-forgotten Martian technology. A scavenger/doctor finds Alita's still-functional core and puts her back together, but she remembers nothing of her past. The doctor takes her in as his daughter, but they soon learn that she is more than just a pile of scrap.

I really do enjoy movies like this. It reminded me of Ready Player One, but not as good. The world was interesting, but hard to relate to. The bridge had long been crossed between humans and machines, but the world was just so vastly different than ours, I feel like the storytellers missed opportunities to show us how alike we still are. Most of the relationships were pretty loveless, which I thought was a mistake, but when love was shown, it was a bit heavy-handed. Still, it was a good time, and besides my little nit-picks, I enjoyed it a great deal. If you're a fan of the genre, I strongly suggest going to see it. Hopefully they'll continue making more and more movies like this.