Alita: Battle Angel movie review: An astoundingly eye popping, 3D bar raiser

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Alita: Battle Angel movie review: An astoundingly eye popping, 3D bar raiser

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL movie review is out. The visionary James Cameron’s dream ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – the American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro's ‘manga’ Battle Angel Alita, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is releasing in India this Friday – 8 February 2019, a week before USA. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the movie stars Rosa Salazar in the title role. Let’s find out whether ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL lives up to the huge expectations from the man behind TITANIC, AVATAR, TERMINATOR, ALEINS etc. Is ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL the cyberpunk animated epic we all are waiting for in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL movie review.

The best thing about ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the undeniable factor

This cyberpunk animated action epic estimated to be made with a whooping budget of around 200 million dollars is worth every penny of that 3D movie ticket and gets much better with IMAX.

What is the plotline/story of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL?

Alita (Rosa Salazar) is recovered by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor from a great scrapyard with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize. Ido believes that Alita has the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. Alita is rebuilt and she starts her new life in the poor Iron City down ruled by the floating Zalem from the sky above them. Ido tries to shield Alita’s past but her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) accidently triggers her memories. The evil forces are about to unite and Alita discovers a clue to her past – she is an extraordinary warrior - the last of her kind.

Has James Cameron lived up to the expectations in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL? 

James Cameron is almost unmatched as far as vision is concern. To adapt Japanese manga into live motion capture animation feature was an uphill task. Disappointments like Scarlett Johansson starrer GHOST IN THE SHELL and more disappointing DEATH NOTE by Adam Wingard are on records. James Cameron in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL discovers an astoundingly eye popping world for the audience and the result is a technical marvel. The genius of James Cameron in establishing different worlds in the year 2563 through this technical wizardly is striking. The Iron City represents Earth/poor, the floating Zalem is the controlling class/heavens and then there is an ‘underworld’ – the ‘hell’ that helps Heaven.

How much points do ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL scores in action, animation and other technicalities?

As said earlier, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is an amazing 3D experience, it gets much better in IMAX – the best to come in recent years after GRAVITY ( The Stunning Motorball sequence is enough to take the claim).

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez join force with LORD OF THE RINGS fame Peter Jackson's Weta Digital visual effects wizards to realize a twenty year old dream. ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is a radiant 3D experience in bright colours, magnificent CGI shots. The great challenge to bring the motion capture of Alita played by Rosa Salazar to the required emotional chord is achieved superbly. The eyes play a big part and it creates wonders. The designing of Iron City that showcases influences from Latin American art is marvelously created. The action is kinetic, bombastic and kick ass.

Robert Rodriguez direction in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is the SIN CITY fame Robert Rodriguez’s biggest visually appealing extravaganza till date. The helmer combines all his quirks, his known elements into a pop corn, noir, samurai, sci-fi epic. Its ambitious and does justice to the legacy of James Cameron in delivering an epic sci fi extravaganza that stands alone and has something to pass on to the coming generations in technical wizardry.


Rosa Salazar as ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is the best motion picture capture performance. Yes, the amazing special effects gives us a body bit it’s Rosa terrific commitment in giving her heart and soul to Alita and bring her emotions alive and identifiable to the audience. Incredible.

Other performances

Christoph Waltz is amazing as the concerned doctor Ido. 


Somewhere the movie seems to be wandering and lost in its ‘origin’, Alita’s ‘who am I’ seems stretched and the movie gives the feeling of a heavy-metal orgy of digital effects for a short while. The romance angle is out of place. Talents like Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly are wasted.

Final verdict

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL the 2 hrs, 2 min American cyberpunk action epic is a realization of a twenty years dream of James Cameron on screen by Robert Rodriguez. It has all the chutzpah of a mega budget sci fi blockbuster set in 26th century. Lots of things are happening in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, class divide, a mysterious past, a story of women empowerment, a sequence of war on the moon, the Motorball game, and a teen romance. Something more on the concept could have put the plot at par with its amazing CGI. But what really matters is the entertainment quotient and the thrills in a promised sci – fi 3D spectacle by James Cameron in a Robert Rodriguez helmed picture, for the general audience especially the genre buffs and in that sense ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is a marvel that raises the 3D bar and delivers the wow factor.  

Rating 4/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali
  • Actress: Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly
  • Producer: James Cameron, Jon Landau
  • Director: Robert Rodriguez
  • Production house: 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Troublemaker Studios
  • Distributor: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date : 08 Feb 2019
  • Movie Duration : 2 hrs 2 mins