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The whole world is finding out the critics are wrong. This movie is no such fail as any popular editorial will have you believe. Sure, the script needs some work - sure, the plot's something of a tangled web. But that isn't going to stop anyone from liking this film. In fact, it may have surprisingly little effect on audience's overall score, as it did on mine. I accept that Alita: Battle Angel isn't the angelic perfection we could have hoped for. The dialog and concepts are sometimes a little laughable, sometimes a little goofy. Granted!
On the other hand, no-one can fault the incredible detail etched into every pixel of Alita's gorgeously photorealistic visage. As often accomplished by professional acting, the energetic personality Rosa Salazar injects into the story really steals the show, channeling our passion into praise for her absorbing realisation of a character whose legacy could have run off the rails as simply as Mowgli's uncanny valley creatures did. Alita shows off a range of emotions, from childishness to romantic love; from anger to compassion. And she seems to have captured the admiration of many theatre-goers, as the vast majority of non-critic reviewers tend to rally about this unprecedented, unique, CG character. But the wild imaginations of Rodrigues and Cameron dare not stop here. Alita's enemies (of which we have quite a variety in the movie) are also horrifyingly realised, if lacking any sort of depth Alita may exhibit. Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali make a nice medley of human characters. I didn't see the weighty emotional themes coming, but surprisingly the movie blends spectacular action with some fairly intense moments. There's absolutely a lot of violence, so I wouldn't recommend this one for younger kids. Cyborgs are beheaded, torn in half, faces slashed, limbs lost, etc. It's not an R-rated movie, but it's for sure a hard PG-13. Apart from some more mild language ("sh**", "cr*p", "p*ss", "pr*ck", "b*tch", ) there is a single and explicit use of the F-word. A character is once shown reclining in light, partly revealing (though not explicit) clothing; Alita's costume is tight and some would say sexualised; some women with low collars and exposed cleavage are shown briefly; generally all lewd content is alluded to, creating the right atmosphere without giving in to gratuity.
In closing, I definitely recommend this movie as a very enjoyable, worthwhile cinema experience (especially seeing it has been received rather coldly thus far) primarily for older audiences. Alita may be the last of Twentieth Century Fox's major releases before its Disney merger is complete, and while I resent that change, I encourage a show of support for Fox's very attractive final stand.