Back in the early 1990’s I read the comics. I used to draw Alita on my parent’s sidewalk with pastels. Bought the anime on VHS in 1995 and again on dvd in 1999. So it was kind of weird to go to the movies last night and watch the 200 million dollar version on the big screen. Even with already knowing the plot inside and out, (And yeah, the plot is super condensed from the comic...) I have to admit... I kinda liked it.
Saw it at a Dolby theater and it was one of the better spectacle films I've seen in a while. Like others said, there's some corniness to it, but it mostly came off as refreshingly old-fashioned. Maybe I've hit my tipping point for snark and winking to the audience in action and comic book movies as of late so it was nice to see none of that here.
As for the mood of the film? Even with the PG-13 rating, they were able to get away with a fair bit. Not sure if geysers of blood would've done a lot to improve the film one way or another beyond the violence they already showed.
Biggest issue for the film is a very open ending that really begs for a sequel, and unless it does crazy good in week over week word of mouth along with great hauls in China and Japan, we probably won't get that sequel.
I want the sequel, if, for no other reason, that Alita herself is really likable. (That, and we might get a few more motorball scenes. ^_^ )
Last edited by chirpie; 02-17-2019 at 03:15 PM.