TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 24, 2018
Back in December we brought you our first look at Alita: Battle Angel, a long time passion project of James Cameron, which was slated to be released this past weekend. Obviously that didn't happen as somewhere along the way the film got bumped back to December, presumably to give them more time to make the effects look better.
Well, this new trailer shows that they seem to have spent most of that time sitting on their hands because it looks no better than it did seven months ago. Director Robert Rodriguez was hand-selected by Cameron to direct the film once he went off to make his fifteen Avatar movies no one cares about, and though Rodriguez is well versed in the world of cgi, his effects-heavy films have never really... how shall I put this... looked good.
The main character still looks like she hopped on the Polar Express and rode it right into the uncanny valley, which would be fine if everyone else looked like that as well. It's part of the reason why the OASIS in Ready Player One wasn't jarring, because everyone looked like a cgi-monstrosity. However, when you put a cgi-monstrosity in a scene with Christoph Waltz in a funny hat, it looks weird and our brains reject it.
In fairness, they've still got five months to work out the kinks, but something tells me this is what it's gonna look like then because it's what it looked like last December. Maybe I'm wrong, it's happened before, but this just looks terrible. Alita: Battle Angel opens December 21, 2018, the same day as Aquaman. Good luck deciding which to see first.