Hollywood anime adaptations rarely do well in the box office, but Alita: Battle Angel managed to break the mold. Just in, Screen Junkies has released their Honest Trailer for the film, and it pokes fun at all the tropes you can expect from a sci-fi anime film.
Meet Alita, a cyborg with the eyes of a doll, the softness of a body pillow, and the heart of a MacGuffin. On the surface, she’s the internet’s perfect woman, a sexy killer dumpster baby who’s totally legal, and will kiss you if you give her chocolate; but underneath, she’s got a hidden mission—cram a whole franchise worth of exposition into one short movie.
Though Alita was a success in the box office, I think it only really works when you put into context that this is a film from Robert Rodriguez. I don’t think it would have survived with all of its campiness otherwise.
One thing is for sure though, the movie is definitely visually stunning, and despite all the hate, I really like how they came up with Alita’s giant eyes.
We don’t know anything about a sequel yet, but counting that the film was a success, we should probably get one in a few years. I don’t know that much about James Cameron’s involvement though, because it looks like he’s going to be busy pumping out Avatar movies for the next decade.
Alita: Battle Angel is now available for digital and Blu-Ray/DVD.