Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 2h 2min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 6 February 2019 (UK) Summary: A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019).

This has been on our “to watch” list for a while because it’s a 12A with a strong female lead.

The CGI is nicely done, for a start. The story is initially quite compelling and the fight scenes are just delightful.

Later on, I felt this movie struggled with pacing or content or possibly both. There was a lot of story crammed into the latter half of the movie and it all got a bit, well, simplistic as a result. I’m not sure a story of love and loss should be given less screen time than the journey of exploration of oranges and chocolate.

I’m also not entirely certain that this was Alita’s story. Sorry, wait. 99’s story. Because everything about what is meant to be her story is about someone else. Someone else gives her a body and a name that was their daughter’s. Someone else makes their friendship a love story. Her purpose, her entire point of existing is… secondary to how she fits into other people’s lives.

The Young Person loved it and given the age rating of the movie, that will do nicely.

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