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Alita: Battle Angel - Uncanny valley par excellence

Jan 30, 2018

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The upcoming movie “Alita: Battle Angel” is polarizing the existing fanbase and potential movie goers. Here is everything you need to know.
Background
Alita: Battle Angel is an upcoming American cyberpunk action film, based on Yukito Kishiro's manga Battle Angel Alita. James Cameron has been trying to get an adaptation made since as far back as 2000. At one point, he even said he intended to direct it. Fast forward to current day and the movie finally exists, with Cameron as a producer and Robert Rodriguez directing.


Team

Directed by
Robert Rodriguez

Script
James Cameron -screenplay by
Laeta Kalogridis -screenplay by

Cast
Rosa Salazar -Alita
Jennifer Connelly -Chiren
Eiza González -Nyssiana
Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz -Dr. Dyson Ido
Michelle Rodriguez -Gelda
Mahershala Ali -Vector
Jackie Earle Haley
Ed Skrein -Zapan
Casper Van Dien -Amok
Jeff Fahey -McTeague
Elle LaMont -Screwhead
Idara Victor -Nurse Gerhad
Lana Condor -Koyomi
Marko Zaror -Ajakutty
Jorge Lendeborg Jr.


Synopsis
The plot will most likely follow the synopsis of the four volumes of the graphic novel series Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. Here is the official synopsis of the graphic novel:
“Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.”


Controversy
In the trailer, Alita is portrayed as having giant eyes in a normal-sized head. While big eyes are a trademark of many manga and anime classics, it looks downright strange in a live-action film populated with live-action human beings. The eyes and the digital work done to the character's face make her look animated. Soon after the release of trailer there were many posts on social media ranting about this decision. Not all hope is lost, though. This is just the movie's first trailer. Alita: Battle Angel doesn't hit theatres until July 20, leaving plenty of time to change public perception.


Conclusion
It’s way too soon to say for certain how the producer will handle this controversy. They still have plenty of time to change their design (like they did with Thor’s eyepatch in “Thor: Ragnarok”). Maybe this is all part of a great marketing strategy, who knows. Me personally, I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing this movie.


What’s your opinion about this movie? Comment below.


Sources
Image by Yukito Kishiro
Collider
Gamespot
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MartinH
1 year ago
I'm really looking forward to this :D
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