My mini “Alita: Battle Angel” review.

Short version: it was fun, I had a good time, I have still waxed wroth.

Slightly longer version: haven’t read the manga, but the movie was still accessible and I liked it.

Pros: The action was excellently done, and used a helpful gimmick to let the protagonist progress. Laugh-out loud funny in more than one place, deliberate use of tropes to positive effect. The plot progressed, although you knew how things were going to go down. All in all, Alita: Battle Angel is a good popcorn film to watch during the Saturday matinee, and you’ll stop noticing the uncanny valley thing from the trailers soon enough.

Cons: they [expletive deleted]ing gave me a Senior Discount at the ticket kiosk. I’m forty-[expletive deleted]ing-eight.


  • Aetius451AD says:

    Were you perhaps not displaying your vim and/or vigor?

  • Luke says:

    Take it and smile.
    Consider it recompense for having to show proof of age for spay paint, model glue, and video games.

  • acat says:

    My experience indicates it’s simply the PFY in the booth seeing someone “older than the kids” during a time window when the true geezer-class are often present ..
    One of the local grocery stores does “senior day” once a month .. seasoned citizens get 5% off their total .. and I’ve made the mistake of shopping there exactly once.
    The (clear-skinned twentysomething) running the register gave me the 5% discount (I’m not that much older’n you) which did *not*, IMO, make up for the crowded aisles and long lines.
    p.s. it could be the beard ..

  • 1_rick says:

    I thought it was pretty decent. OTOH I looked at Box Office Mojo this weekend, and it made $27M? I’m calling it: there won’t be a sequel.

    Like Moe I never read the manga, so I don’t know how the movie’s story relates to the manga, but with that take on the production costs (IIRC $170M–not going to go back and check) I don’t see it making enough.

  • 1_rick says:

    Unrelated: I’ve been watching Buffy on Hulu, and I’m up to season 6. It sure looks like (as far as I can tell from something that never got a closeup) the wallpaper you’re using here might be the same as one of the paintings hung in Joyce’s bedroom after Willow moved in. Any thoughts?

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Don’t remember it, but very possible. Maxfield Parrish has always had his fans.

      • 1_rick says:

        I just watched an episode–6×18–where they had a couple of fairly clear but small shots of it at the end of the episode and I’m pretty sure it’s the same picture.

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