Alita was never really on my radar, it was only this weekend that my wife offered me a few hours of kid free time that I decided to go see this VFX filled blockbuster.
To my absolute surprise, Alita excels where other blockbusters eventually devolve into a bland VFX filled mush. Rodriguez shows that he is a great director who can make competent films of varying budgets and scale with ease, honestly i’d love for him to take over the majority of the big budget blockbusters that seem to be forgotten weeks after release.
Alita is best described as an unwavering feast for your eyes, with admirable heart and a perfect performance from Rosa Salazar who conveys a great depth of emotion even though she was rebuilt from the ground up for every single scene with some of the most impressive facial Visual Effects work i’ve seen in well forever, from the way her skin movement is perfectly recreated to the way light hits and shapes her skin.
It’s pretty hard to point out any proper flaws in this film, the pacing works very well, fight choreography manages to feel grounded and has weight that most CGI doesn’t seem to convey.
Rodriguez has managed to pull off a film that is a big budget blockbuster and yet it doesn’t seem to feel formulaic, he also of course squeezes in some cool cameos from some big names scattered throughout.
Alita: Battle Angel is a really fun time, with a great lead performance, direction, and visuals, this is one to see on the biggest screen possible.