Film Review: Alita: Battle Angel (2019) by Robert Rodriguez

One of most awaited for years manga adaptations came true in 2019, with Robert Rodriguez heading the project produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, in an effort that resulted in huge commercial success, with “Alita” becoming the ninth highest-grossing film of 2019.

As usually, and despite my urge to do so differently since the original was one of the first anime titles I ever watched, I will examine the film as a standalone work and not in comparison with the 1993 Ova.

The story is based in Yukito Kishiro’s manga, takes place in 2563, three hundred years after Earth has been devastated by a catastrophic interplanetary war known as “The Fall”, and revolves around the titular character, whose disembodied cyborg body is discovered by Dr Ido, as the film begins. Ido gives the body of his deceased daughter to the cyborg and even names her after her. Alita seems
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