Review – Alita: Battle Angel (2019) | Competence Isn’t Always Enough

I recently saw Alita: Battle Angel (or as I like to call it: Battle Angel: Alita) and while I’m unfamiliar with the anime it’s based upon I have to say that that there’s something…off about it.

It has everything it needs to be an event… but somehow it’s not.

Everyone behind the camera, from James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic, Avatar) who produced and wrote the screenplay with Laeta Kalogritis (Avatar, Altered Carbon) and directed by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Dusk Before Dawn), who does so competently enough.

It also has state of the art FX, but the movie is just so…inert, in a ‘been there, done that’ sorta way.

It just doesn’t pop, and never reached the level of an event, and ends up just ‘Meh,’ which is reflected in its somewhat underwhelming box office performance.

It’s a competent effort, but when there’s so much behind the camera it’s not reasonable to expect just a little bit more in front of it.

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