The Manga comics universe with its avid fan following and big business finally makes its way into mainstream Hollywood with ‘Alita: the Battle Angel’. Yes, we had Scarlett Johansson in 2017 as the Ghost in the Shell , a poor box office response, however, did dampen the spirits.
However, Alita comes backed with an extravagant budget of 200 million dollars, heavy duty CGI and, of course, a cast to match – which includes Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz. Directed by Robert Rodriquez, Alita is producer James Cameron’s labor of love.
The post-apocalyptic world where humans in cybernetic bodies, who can manipulate their bodily functions as they wish. In this dystopian world, Dr Ido, played by Waltz, brings to life a former robot and names her Alita, who has no recollection her blood-thirsty past, and is lost in the now ravaged Iron city, even infatuated with a drug dealer.
As Alita, tries to cure herself and find her mission in life, the movie moves from one sub-plot to another, as she is swept in a power game of fights and conspiracies. It may seem a bit OTT, but Alita is slick, engaging and entertaining, despite its few shortcomings.