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That was legitimately awful. -.- And I just realized Rian Johnson made it, so that explains everything. Nothing to see here, folks! Skip this one forever.
I love this movie. There's no other way to express my feelings for it. I've watched it dozens of times and every time it's a joy. Admittedly some of that is probably from nostalgia and having grown up with it, but I think even someone unfamiliar with the film would enjoy it to at least some degree. The jokes are corny and fun, yeah, but they have a lot of heart. Give it a shot! They sure don't make them like they used to.
I had a lot of worries after watching the trailers, and with all of the blatant westernization of overseas intellectual property (Dragonball, GitS, etc) I wasn't holding my breath. Luckily, it seems I gave up on this one too soon and went to see it after a friend recommended it to me. Now, it's nowhere near the visually gripping visceral experience that was the original OVA and manga, but it did alright, at least by yesterday's standards. Today, with the gradual enforcement of what is and isn't allowed to be made in Hollyweird, Alita (Gally) was surprisingly good and quite enjoyable, even despite the numerous changes from the source material that were made. I had said before that Alita's trailers worried me and that was because of the RBF and constantly dour tone surrounding the character, whereas Alita in the manga and the OVA was actually quite energetic, curious, feminine, and happy when she wasn't getting serious and kicking some even more serious butt. She's definitely not the same character, and there's an awful lot of YA feminism ingrained in this new incarnation of Alita, but at the very least the male characters she directs it at are truly despicable; they're caricatures and 2 dimensional, but where Alita's attitude rises up it's appropriate. I would have preferred less cliche villains, but c'est la vie. Alita's character was still somewhat familiar, however, so at least this departure from the originally portrayed character in the OVA wasn't so egregious as to be unbearable to watch (it certainly wasn't to the level that the Trailer suggested). There was some random blackwashing of side and background charactersï¿ 1/2"a hooker and doctor Ido's assistantï¿ 1/2"but if that's enough to appease the nutjob crowd then fine, whatever, since they weren't important characters to the story. It's certainly not as bad as ignoring Captain Mar-Vell's existence in favor of Carol Danvers. In any case, the best part about the film and its greatest merit is that it lacks most of the standard Hollyweird suitability staples that the puritanical wrong-think enforcers on the West coast zealously parade around these days as the only things acceptable in media, and as I said earlier, by today's standards that makes Alita: Battle Angel, a really darned good movie. If you need anymore proof other than the bad critic score to show this, then I invite you to go and see the film for yourself.