honestly? this rules.
obviously silly and cheesy, and some of the dialogue is wanting, but this is a tightly-wound mess that borrows from the Wachowskis as much as it does from the original "manga" (as the credits refer to it lol). Rosa Salazar is incredible in a role that could've been unforgiving.
and there's so much to parse here in terms of identity and body dysphoria, that feeling of waking up in a skin suit that just doesn't feel right, as other writers have written about beautifully already. moreover, Alita herself is both human and cyborg, just as she is a combination of Salazar's physicality and CGI, leading to an interesting question of digital-age performance. but whether a subtle gesture belongs to Salazar or to the CGI artists is moot. it's all performance, baby, and the only constant is transformation.