brian-mcgee - July 31, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel certainly wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't without some major league flaws. The biggest issue the film had was the massive amounts of exposition that characters spouted off from the very beginning all the way until the very end, constantly explaining the rules of the world to the main character and, by proxy, the audience. Essentially, like many James Cameron projects, it over-explained things rather than trusting the audience to keep up.
The film is now getting the Honest Trailer treatment from the folks over at Screen Junkies, and they can't help but bring up this particularly fatal flaw. They're also not terribly hard on the film, which is appropriate considering it's a difficult film to hate due to its earnestness. One area in which they really should have gone for the kill was with Alita's love interest, played by this walking charisma vacuum.
Overall, Alita: Battle Angel is a decent flick that's worth watching once, but not something I'm eager to revisit anytime soon. Yes, it's got a great kick-ass female protagonist at a time in which such things are in short supply, but the film just isn't an interesting enough adaptation of a damn good manga that's totally worth reading. The film is available on all disc formats and VOD.