The film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s 1990s manga series Battle Angel Alita has been released to cinemas in the UK.
The film, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is set in a distant future following a devastating war that levelled out all but one of Earths floating cities. The last survivor, Salem, is fuelled by the factories of Iron City and the humans and cyborgs that live there amongst the scrap dream of a better life above.
Cybernetic genius, Dr. Dyson Ido, is scrounging for spare parts amid the rubbish Zalem dumps down on Earth when he discovers a Cyborg girl who’s still alive, who he goes on to repair and adopt. Her name is Alita.
If you aren’t sure this series is your cup of tea, we’ve broken it down for you! Here are 10 reasons why ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ will blow your mind.
10. Amazing action
The trailers promised us big things across a wide range of categories including the action.
It’s been described as “a wild ride that offers kick ass action”.
When you’ve made it in the film industry like James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have collaborators and celebrity fans are basically lining up to get involved, even if only in a minor way.
For us cinema goers that translates to cameos, in recent years we’ve been treated to some really remarkable ones. Sometimes without even knowing it.
Daniel Craig, Ellie Goulding and Edgar Wright have all appeared in recent Star Wars movies as did Princes Harry and William.
I know of three cameos in the movie, but I’ll let you watch for yourself to figure them out!
8. A memorable score from Junkie XL
There are two types of film composers out there, those who stick to the shadows and those who become celebrities and icons in their own right. Junkie XL fits into the latter category.
The Dutch DJ and composer has left his musical mark on both video games like FIFA 18 and major films including 300: Rise of an Empire, Deadpool and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Perhaps most notably he was behind the score for Mad Max: Fury Road.
He has hit another home run with Alita: Battle Angel. Early reactions are pointing to yes.
Watch Junkie XL creating the score here:
7. The CGI
Whenever James Cameron is involved, you can guarantee that there are going to be some major advances in visual effects, especially of the digital variety.
Throughout his career he’s broken ground multiple times over from the ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ to the sinking of the ‘Titanic’ to his mind-boggling work creating the world of Pandora in ‘Avatar’.
According to frequent collaborator and fellow ‘Alita’ producer John Landau, Avatar was a technological stepping stone into this creation.
Well we can tell you that the CGI looks unlike anything ever seen before and it’s most definitely another leap for visual effects.
6. The performances
You could ask the most talented actors working in the industry today about motion capture performances and those who have tried it will tell you its an entirely different type of acting.
Andy Circus is widely considered a pioneer in the field and his company Weta Digital were involved in helping to bring the performance of Alita to life.
Rosa Salazar plays Alita and her performance is amazing. This film blends new technologies with traditional performances and with Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz playing Alita’s father figure you can expect performances worthy of discussion.
5. A must-see in IMAX
In this age of high definition quality streaming services many people wait for the movie to get onto Netflix to enjoy at home on the sofa and within walking distance of their fridge.
However, there are some movies that need to be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is one of them.
In fact, like ‘Avatar’ even a regular screening may not be enough, this is the type of film worth seeing in IMAX.
4. Emotional weight
Though the cutting edge CGI is sure to make this film a spectacular visual experience, as a movie can’t connect with its audience on technological wizardry alone.
For a film to really resonate and leave a lasting impression it needs an emotional driven story.
Despite all the action this film is grounded by a deeply personal story about identity and acceptance.
Alita might be a Cyborg but she’s an emotionally complex character, cyborg with heart and heartfelt relationships.
Where so many Blockbuster films have failed to make us care for the hero, Alita is different.
3. The characters
What drives emotional stories are the memorable figures, even with stunning visuals and detailed world building, a movie is DOA without compelling characters that you can actually relate to.
Fortunately Alita has been described as a complex protagonist. Better still, she is joined by an assortment of both human and cyborg characters who are all well-developed.
From Dr Ido and her love interest Hugo, to the cyborgs Grewishka. Alita is in memorable company.
2. A film worthy of 3D
This particular piece of film technology remains divisive even after a decade after it went into production.
Some feel it adds an extra layer of richness to the cinematic experience whilst others find it a drab and even nauseating and an unremarkable money-grab that gives them an excuse to charge an extra £3 for the experience.
We can’t argue that 2009’s ‘Avatar’ made great use of the technology and ‘Alita’ may be its spiritual successor in that regard.
1. Live action anime adaptation that actually works
Past adaptations of popular manga and anime have not fared well in cinemas. In addition to the general concerns of overall white-washing.
Alita is crafted with more care and attention to detail than similar adaptations before it – what a revolution!