Alita Battle Agnel Trailer

“Alita: Battle Angel” Trailer Flies into the Uncanny Valley

Academy Award winner James Cameron (Titanic) has long sought to bring the manga series Battle Angel Alita to the big screen. He waited until special effects could catch up with the tech-heavy dystopian world. But now it looks like the behind-the-scenes wizardry is the least of its issues.

Without even getting into a white-washing controversy that's going to explode as it gets closer to the release date, the protagonist Alita (Rosa Salazar) has gigantic eyes that look distracting at best and creepy at worst. The motion-capture is good, but not good enough to look real.

But what does look good? Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), despite whiffing on his last few efforts, is still a solid action director. And Mahershala Ali looks awesome in a dual role as a scientist and crime boss, the latter of whom looks exactly like Blade. (Want to get on that one, Marvel?)

The cast is solid, including Oscar winners Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) and Jennifer Connelly (Noah), plus Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Michelle Rodriguez (The Fate of the Furious) in villainous roles.

Alita: Battle Angel opens opposite Aquaman and Bumblebee on Friday, December 21. Good luck.

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About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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