Movie Review: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)


Summary: A deactivated cyborg is revived but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.
This will be a short review.
The Acting/Potentially Interesting Characters. This section is very different than how I normally do it but I couldn’t quite just say “cast and characters” because while I thought the acting was good for the most part, I wasn’t all that invested in most of these characters.
  • Rosa Salazar as “Ali” Alita / 99 and she’s cute. It’s clear she loves the character and the source material, especially after watching interviews, but Alita definitely starts out with that “fish out of water” thing because this world is new to her. As the film continues, her confidence grows and she starts to put things in motion on her own, or at least things get set into motion that requires her to make some choices. I think Alita is likable and like Rosa Salazar’s energy as Alita.
  • Christoph Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido. Definitely one of the best actors in the film. He’s  a cyborg scientist, Alita’s father figure and other secrets. His character has a lot of techno babble in places, and he spends most of the movie worrying over Alita, making sure she’s safe, because she’s special and all that. He gets to have some cool moments and there are cool revelations but his character doesn’t get that much to do honestly.
  • Mahershala Ali as Vector. He’s a great actor and I thought he was wasted for the most part. He has some really good moments; I like when he switches personalities and even his line delivery when he pops up with those blue eyes. I actually just wish he was the main main villain anyway. I’ll always like him though lol.
  • Ed Skrein as Zapan. He gets introduced early but we don’t meet him until halfway through. He’s arrogant, wields a sword and a bounty hunter. He tries to sweet talk Alita, when she joined the Hunter-Warriors because I mean she’s cool but then he spends the rest of the movie, angry. Ed Skrein clearly had fun in this role, he’s very dynamic to watch when he’s on screen. He has this really annoying charm and I’m like “UGH, I hate your character but you’re just so good” lol. That works for him lol.
Special Effects. One of the best things about this movie is how the action sequences and how the world looks. It’s set in the future and so technology and machines have become even more integrated into the world. There are cyborgs, machines that police the streets and tons of other things. It’s cool. I think all of the cyborgs we see, no matter how intense their cybernetic look is, they look mostly real. There are times when it’s just too odd and they look like disembodied heads, which I guess that’s how it is lol, but for the most part it’s good. Plus, how Alita moves, and her body, especially when she gets her fancy body is very realized from the manga the film is adapted from.
Great Action Sequences. The action sequences in this film are really good. They’re choreographed really well and I bet it as amazing on the big screen. There are a couple of scenes that stand out in general. The entire sequence that starts from the bar. I don’t want to say how it ends because it’s a spoiler lol but that was probably the best choreographed and edited fight. I was really into that. Also, the sequence afterthe motor ball at the end was also really cool too. Being that Alita’s history is in fighting and what not, so seeing her fully embrace that is pretty dope.
Really Long. Y’all this movie is 122 minutes, which is 2 hours and some change, barely, but it felt so much longer than that. I thought it ended like two times and when it kept going, I was like “oh there’s more… okay.” You can argue they might have been gearing up for a sequel and sure, I’d see it but it just crammed so much into the film and then it feels like nothing happened in the end. I’m just so confused by it. There is so much we get told and then stuff happens, and then more talking and it goes like that for a while. I honestly checked out a few times. I don’t mind long movies, but don’t be long for the sake of being long. This is why, I feel like this would be a good live action television show, along the lines of Dark Angel.
Not Enough Interesting Characters. Outside of the fact that I like some of the actors in the movie, I didn’t find many of the characters that interesting. Alita is cool and everything but there wasn’t much about her that made me really like her. Then her love interest Hugo, I really didn’t care about him either. I didn’t quite like the actor all that much but he didn’t have a ton to work with I thought. Not to mention, Dr. Ido and then Dr. Chiren, I mean there’s a lot of potentially interesting characters but I don’t think the movie succeeded in making me care about them at all.
The Motorball Stuff. Other than the fact that it’s cool, there’s no reason for this stuff to be in the film because every time we went to those sequences, I was like “ugh”. I’m more interested in seeing her figure out this mystery of her life and other stuff, I don’t care about this Quidditch game (I like Quidditch lol I’m just saying lol). She already registered as a Hunter-Warrior, if she wanted to get money to help Hugo, then why didn’t she just do that since she made such a big deal about becoming one?
Overall, Alita: Battle Angel is a fun movie. I think the action sequences and the look of the film are really top notch and I was really into it for those things. The acting is good across the board, some definitely do the heavy lifting and there are a lot of good actors in this movie and I think that’s one of the biggest downfalls of the movie. So much talent but the writing is okay and the characters are not interesting to merit such good acting. It’s sad really and I was not invested in any of these characters. It also feels really long with so much crammed into it which leads into my issue with the motorball stuff. There are side plots that pop up that just are there with some intentions but they just show up randomly. It’s fun to watch but don’t think about it too hard lol.
Rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars. 
Have you seen Alita: Battle Angel? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think it would serve better as a television show? Respond in the comments below!
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Movie Review: Tulip Fever (2017)


Summary: An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
This is going to be a short review.
The Cast and Characters. I think the characters are inconsistent in how they are written. Considering the fact that the movie starts off with a sole focus and then does something different, it makes the characters and their motivations shift, but not like it would in a real human person. I think the acting is way better than the characters.
  • Dane DeHaan as Jan van Loos. It was cool seeing him as a leading romantic man and he’s good, like he always is good. His accent was pretty good.
  • Alicia Vikander as Sophia Sandvoort. She’s good too. Delicate but also passionate and crazy.
  • Christoph Waltz as Cornelis Sandvoort. Good actor, his character is a little sad at times, like emotionally and just like… “that’s sad” lol, Waltz has a good balance of appearing menacing but also a sad and desperate man.
  • Jack O’Connell as Willem. A young fisherman or whatever, he gets into the tulip business to make things great with his girl. He leaves for a while but when he’s around, he’s optimistic and likable.
  • Holliday Grainger as Maria. I probably liked her the most. She’s narrating the movie. She’s lively, sassy and seems to be loyal and I think she got the most development. Holliday Grainger was great, I think she was probably a standout in the film.
The Romance. When it was good, it was good. When it started between Jan and Sophia, it was very subtle and cute young love. It was the little looks, the little touches and when it got serious, their moments together was very passionate and I thought DeHaan and Vikander had good chemistry. The movie should have just focused on that because it was good.
Character Development. The main characters are supposed to be Sophia, Cornelis and Jan. I don’t usually like love triangles, I think they’re stupid and overused but I don’t mind it when it’s done well. We’re shown that Sophia is unhappy in her marriage with Cornelis, okay, then we meet Jan and they have passionate sex together when they meet but we never really see them talk which I thought it had the making of a good romance but didn’t follow through. It was so sudden how Jan just decided to switch into the Tulip business, outside of wanting to paint them because they’re beautiful. It was unsatisfying.
The Tulip Plot. I looked into this briefly, but this really did happen where Tulips were all the craze and people were bidding on them and what not. It’s not that interesting to be honest. I wanted the movie to focus on the whole thing with Sophia, Jan, Cornelis and all of that. It reminded me of a bunch of other movies In Secret in particular but I wish the movie would have stayed to that plot instead of adding in this Tulip business. It was stupid and I felt it brought the movie down quite a bit.
Stupid Characters. I liked the characters mostly, but too many dumb decisions. Willem’s character makes assumptions and it ruins a lot for him. Sophia makes a plan and then tries to take it back later. Jan has a plan and it just was out of character for him, Jan gets involved in some mess and some people come to collect and they won’t let him take care of business so they have to send a drunk and stuff gets messed up. Sophia offers to help Maria with something and she threatens her… I mean what? She just said she would help you. DUMB. It was like a dumb character fest.
Overall, I wanted to like it more than I did. I think it looks beautiful and it starts off with an interesting plot. I think the characters started off interesting because the story it was selling was interesting. The acting is good, all of the actors do their parts well and I think Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander have pretty good chemistry together which makes their romance cute. I think the side characters are more interesting in what’s going on with them, they seem to have a bit more of a focused plot compared to the main characters. Not only that, but this movie focuses way to much on the tulip thing that it prevents the main plot from being the most interesting which it should have been. The characters are stupid and make really stupid choices and I think the main characters are underdeveloped and underserved. This movie should have been at least a nice romance and it started off that way but the second half got stupid. Ugh. It’s a shame.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen Tulip Fever? Have you even heard of it? If you’ve seen it, tell me your thoughts on it.