Alita: Battle Angel ★★★

About 2/3 of the way through I was really enjoying this and then the love story began pulling it in a weird direction and kind of hamstringing the overall plot thrust. I honestly wish the love story didn't exist because I did not care at all about it or whatever his name was. There is enough fascinating about a character grappling with the realization that she was built as a killing machine and figuring out how to forge her own identity and path with that knowledge. In fact almost every other major character presents a potentially more interesting and complex relationship to Alita than what's-his-face love interest.

The shirking of the expectations placed upon Alita by the doctor is particularly interesting in that it actually tries to subvert the patriarchal overtones of his motivation for resurrecting her. I'm especially glad Rodriguez made the choice to not give Alita's body full human features.

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