It Has Been Dubbed Easily The Best Anime And Manga Live-Action Movie Adaptation Yet
The long-awaited live-action movie adaptation of Battle Angel Alita is now finally here and it is easily one of the best live-action adaptations to date. There are some caveats to this but before I get onto that, it’s worth talking about how Alita has been adapted.
The budget of this movie was in the region of $170 million. The manga itself has been going on for a good while now. The original series ran from 1990 to 1995 and there was a follow-on in the form of Last Order as well as the newer sequel Mars Chronicle.
That means that there is a lot of stories here and trying to tackle all of it would be a fruitless endeavour in a single movie. Instead, Alita: Battle Angel picks the early part of the manga and intersects some of the backstories from later on in the narrative to give the movie more context.
This is because most Japanese storytelling foregoes any real kind of exposition. You are often dropped in at the narrative deep-end and have to figure out what is going on as you go. If you are not used to this approach, it can be quite disorientating.
As such, Alita: Battle Angel employs some flashbacks to help explain why the world is the way it is and who Alita could be but, for the most part, you have to piece it together yourself.
Overall, this is a very good cyberpunk movie, regardless of whether you know anything about the original manga and anime or not. While Alita’s bizarrely huge eyes are unnerving and the script has some clunky dialogue, this is a very faithful and solid adaptation of a very involved manga. You should definitely see this movie
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