Alita: Battle Angel ★★★★

digital and corporeal self-actualization—our relationship to our shells and the complex power structures that wield control over them. color me surprised to find a YA dystopia interested in narrative economy, visual detail and character. the production design that evokes japanese transhuman cyberpunk and repurposes it in a post-war, american refugee context is unbelievably gorgeous, as is the kinetic fluidity of the action. first time in awhile i've been sequel-baited and actually cared enough to want to see more. bring on Alita 2.

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