Alita: Battle Angel ★★★★

Well, we have this year’s Jupiter Ascending, complete with sci-fi rollerblading. It’s big, it’s campy, and it’s earnest as heck. The writing isn’t exactly deep or nuanced or... good, but it works: Alita’s arc as a woman whose mind is divorced from her body (at times literally) and who must find a unity between her 300-year-old past and her teenage present, navigating her relationships with the men who want to be her father, her friend, her master—it’s all there, and it might not be the most original thing in the world, but what it lacks in narrative creativity it easily makes up for with its emotional sincerity and visual splendor. I dunno, call it silly or dumb all you want, I loved it

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