‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Is a Massive Disappointment

One of the movies I was most excited to see but ended up missing this year was Alita: Battle Angel. For a couple of years now I have been seeing the teaser trailers and they have all excited me to the point where this was one of those films I really, really wanted to see. And to hear that James Cameron, the man behind genius cinematic creations like the first two Terminator movies and Avatar, was helping bring this story to life I had to check it out. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be way lamer than I expected.

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When thinking about a movie that compares to Alita: Battle Angel I immediately am drawn to Ready Player One. Steven Spielberg, like James Cameron, is a master filmmaker and this was an interesting science-fiction story adapted from a popular YA novel to bring to the big screen. Unlike Alita: Battle Angel though, Ready Player One wasn’t disappointing.

Like Alita: Battle Angel it follows the story of a young hero trying to make his way in a near-apocalyptic future to take down a great evil. There’s romance, there are fantastic action scenes designed to make you say “Wow”  when you see it in IMAX, and the characters are just lovable enough for you to get invested in the story.

To be honest, the only reason why I finished Alita: Battle Angel is to write this review.

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Alita: Battle Angel is supposed to be the story of a young female cyborg warrior who learns to fight back against her oppressors and defy the system but this storyline is watered down by her infatuation with a human teenager named Hugo.

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Like Wonder Woman, this movie decides to water down the fierce young heroine’s story to focus more on her love story with Hugo. In Wonder Woman, Diana fell for Steve Trevor after she danced with him and experienced the beauty of snow for the first time with him swaying her to the lovely music in a very romantic fashion. In Alita: Battle Angel young heroine Alita falls for Hugo after he gives her chocolate for the first time.

And another similarity these two films had was that each movie chose to undermine the heroines’ strength by having them wrapped up in the men in their lives. And both characters became powerful because of the men they loved dying.

Captain Marvel proves that a woman doesn’t need a man to become powerful or to realize what it means to be powerful.

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She isn’t shown having an infatuation with any man and when she does eventually become a powerful superhero it’s not because of the death of a man she loves. It’s because of her own will.

Neither Alita or Diana are afforded this respectful storyline.

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With a cool concept, plenty of interesting villains, and a heroine to root for, Alita: Battle Angel could’ve been an AMAZING film but it instead chose to highlight the slow evolution (that revolved heavily around her relationship with a boy for the first time) into her becoming this incredible futuristic warrior. Plus the story was very simple and predictable, which is fine…until it isn’t.

I guess I now know why people always bring up the Bechdel Test.

Honestly, I wish I could say Alita: Battle Angel was a true sci-fi gem. Another James Cameron hit. It wasn’t.

3.5/5 stars (and only because the action scenes were pretty good.)

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

3 thoughts on “‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Is a Massive Disappointment”

  1. Interesting point. Do you think that Marvel phase 4 focusing on potential love interests will detract from the potential of the characters.

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    1. I don’t think so. You see, these characters are already established. Their evolutions into the heroes that they are has already been written. If they now fall in love it’s okay and doesn’t detract from their story.

      Then again, Gamora’s falling in love with Star-Lord slightly detracted from her evolution because it became the main focal point of her story. In the first Gotg she was the fierce assassin and in GotgVol2 that side of her was watered down to accomodate her growing feelings for Peter Quill.

      So at the end of the day it all depends. Will Valkyrie’s story be watered down because this next film will supposedly focus on her falling in love with someone? We’ll have to wait and see.

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    2. The Empire Strikes Back is the perfect example of telling a love story without diminishing the characters. Leia and Han had been established in A New Hope, their love for one another was fleshed out over the course of a movie, but Leia never felt watered down because she was constantly keeping Han at bay throughout the duration of the film.

      Alita: “You had me at chocolate.”

      That’s fine if the movie had been advertised as a love story. But it wasn’t.

      James Cameron did a great job telling a love story with Avatar but sustaining the action. Well, to be honest, Avatar was just a better movie. Lol. (And The Empire Strikes Back.)

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