STAR WARS is ages away and we’ve got a few months to wait before Captain Marvel and the Avengers say hi.
So, have you got the appetite for a whole new sci-fi universe?
Alita: Battle Angel is a huge, expensive and ambitious attempt to finally deliver a decent manga adaptation[/caption]
James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids) hope so.
Alita: Battle Angel is a huge, expensive and ambitious attempt to finally deliver a decent manga adaptation.
Based on Yukito Kishiro’s Gunnm, it’s been in development for 16 years and carries a lot of expectation – which it kind of delivers on.
Taking themes from Ex Machina, Total Recall and other dystopian touch-points, we find the Earth as a wasteland.
Cameron and Rodriguez have certainly dreamed up a world I want to visit again[/caption]
Most people are scavenging and limbless (I’m sure it was explained somewhere) with the Geppetto-like Dr Ido (Christoph Waltz) fixing them up.
He finds the head of Alita in a dump and attaches it to the body of his dead daughter.
When awoken, she goes on a mission to discover who she is.
It’s an incredible film to look at – Cameron and Rodriguez have certainly dreamed up a world I want to visit again.
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However, there is far too much going on. It is so dizzying, and flitting from bounty hunting and rollerblading tournaments to big villainous plans takes its toll on your senses.
I came away feeling as though I’d just watched three films at once.
All enjoyable and deftly delivered but, sheesh, I wish they’d relaxed a little.
Alita: Battle Angel (12A)