5 Reasons Critics Are Wrong About Alita: Battle Angel

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By Jon Arvedon | More Articles
March 01, 2019  08:51 AM


This month saw the release of a film that’s been on the horizon since 2003, Alita: Battle Angel.


Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written/produced by James Cameron, the film is a live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s 1990s manga series Gunnm (aka Battle Angel Alita). However, while the source material is quite beloved by diehard manga and anime fans, the movie itself is taking a bit of a beating from critics.

Are the critics right, though? Is Alita: Battle Angel a mediocre, borderline bad film that’s worthy of its unimpressive 60 percent Rotten Tomatoes score? We here at Epicstream certainly don’t think so. So, with that in mind, here are five reasons critics are wrong about Alita: Battle Angel:

5It’s Entertaining, as All Movies Should Be

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Movies can be a lot of things. They can be funny, action-packed, dramatic, sad, beautiful or any combination of these. Above all else, though, movies should be entertaining, and Alita: Battle Angel is certainly that. Even a number of critics who panned the film for its script and story still conceded that it was an enjoyable viewing experience overall, and if you can leave the theater feeling like you got your money’s worth (especially considering the cost of movie tickets today), that’s a win.

4It’s a Faithful Anime/Manga Adaptation

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Say what you will about James Cameron, but one thing you can’t say is that he doesn’t have a clear appreciation for Alita: Battle Angel’s source material. Long before Robert Rodriguez was brought onboard, it was Cameron that was pushing for this film to be made, and the end result is a faithful live-action manga adaptation in a day and age where many such projects fail tremendously (looking at you, Ghost in the Shell and Death Note). Do Cameron and Rodriguez take some liberties? Of course, but none of them detract from the sanctity of the original manga. 

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