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  1. Blame ChannelNews Asia, they released the video as it is (at 2:38):
  2. I actually collected all the Alita haters posts just in case... (LOL at using that troll Dman7 post as the exemple of Alita fans delusional predictions)
  3. I've also been getting a crashing page for hours if I want to go into subsections from the main page. Clicking on the topic's direct link works though. It's not just the UK, I get that over here in France as well.
  4. FTFY. (Click the arrow on the top right of the tweet then "Copy Link To Tweet". Paste it in BOT's posting box for automatic embedding).
  5. What I like is how everybody is focusing on Alita to nitpick of course but Zapan and Grewishka are also truly impressive. (Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley deserve kudos how they bring life to what are 2D cardboard characters with personality and braggadoccio through their mannerisms and body language especially Skrein). Zapan's body is entirely CG and photorealistic in every single shot.
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    I won't copy/paste my novel-like thoughts from the Spoiler thread. It's a frustrating movie, great cyberpunk imagery when Rodriguez takes its time to make us discover this dystopic world through the POV of the endearing main protagonist (Alita's awakening is the best sequence imo, the dazzling Motorball race, Alita's second confrontation with psycho goon Grewishka which is hardcore for a PG-13 movie as there's a lot of dismemberment and body horror ) but otherwise some scenes land with terrible thuds and clunky lines, a bit po-faced like manga/anime can sound like taken at face value. The script is trying to cram too much under a 2 hours timeframe when it's clearly a 2H30 movie being chunked into pieces. In that regard, Hugo's storyline is the blatant weakness of that script's structural flow which gets hokey and messy past Alita discovering Ido's secret. Waltz plays aforementionned Dyson Ido, a cybernetic doctor, Alita's surrogate father figure as Alita's Gepetto, his function being an exposition dump of a character, even though it gets a bit goofy when he's revealed to be secretely a "Hunter Warrior". (Some kind of bounty hunters in the world of Iron City). Ali is kind of wasted and underdeveloped as Vector, an Iron City crime lord. The most egregious is Chiren, Jennifer Connelly's character who has a lot of backstory and interesting moral conflicts but Rodriguez doesn't seem to be that interested to explore her character beyond the surface. Salazar gives her all to bring life and spunky energy to the titled CG character going from naive to hard-headed warrior. She's truly the heart of the movie that lightens up the proceeding, the anti-Scarjo in GITS. The ending is such a case of blue balls, the script is structured around a hypothetic showdown with mysterious big baddie Nova, some kind of mad scientist looking big boss played by an uncredited Edward Norton cashing his paycheck. Like we're not given what his intentions are, what he's supposed to be in Zalem or Iron City (A tyrant? A Frankenstein-like doctor serving further interests? Why should I care?), why Alita is obsessed with killing him (but does not do it by the end of the movie leaving that for a hypothetic sequel that may never come). Needless to say, it's the best Robert Rodriguez movie since Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn as Cameron put pressure on him to get out of his half-assed comfort zone and commit 200% to an epic scope endeavour. (I loathe Sin City). B- for Salazar's performance.
  7. I should re-watch it. I just remember Alita asking how does the city float at one point ("Technology uh!") but never get a clear answer why and whatfor even though there is one obviously in the source material.
  8. Yeah, there's a specific scientific reason why the movie is set in South America regarding Zalem.
  9. Cinematographer/Ocean Explorer James Cameron says Aquaman's underwater scenes are rooted in Fantasy demanding total suspension of disbelief. Internet response: CBM fanboys get mad at him for stating the obvious. Also, imagine being the only man on this planet that dived to the deepest bottom of the real Mariana Trench and went back up alive to tell it just to be branded as a wrong bitter old man by Aquaman fanboys.
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    Alita: Battle Angel ***SPOILER THREAD***

    Maybe I need to rewatch it but damn is this movie so frustrating...(I'm still collecting my thoughts, sorry for the rambling). It's definetely lacking Cameron's epic and organic crescendo storytelling, his ironclad direction and keen craftman eye that can elevate perfunctory archetypes and trite cliches into iconic action movies shock full of bigger than life setpieces and thrilling epic rides driven by strongwilled character. It feels like a 2h30 epic being sawed to not exceed a 2h threshold for business purpose at the expense of pacing, thus being rendered like a B-movie version of a A-level Cameron movie. All the ingredients of a Cameron movie without gelling like a Cameron movie as the mixing dose is still in Rodriguez's hands, not a total dud like his recent offerings but not delivering a home run like Cameron's epics. Like a musician reading notes on the musical sheet he's given but doesn't have the composer's knack to know how long, how fast/slow, he got to interpret those notes relative to each other rythmically to make them fully ring and sing emphatically like intended. (Which is ironic because RR is actually a composer/musician). Squandered potential and half-baked ideas that don't quite stick the landing. Frustrating as Rodriguez was given the full custody of Cameron's creative baby on a silver plate just to deliver a piece of flashy popcorn entertainment stuck in second gear. A bicephalous production sometimes at odds between the ambitions and the execution. Rodriguez's pulpy instincts simmer through self-restraint and battle to stand up for Cameron's titanium sense of direction. You sense that the universe is rich in terms of potential, the manga's setting is fascinating in blending Terminator and Blade Runner thematically for a wider audience (the cyberpunk transhumanist theme, artificial intelligence, the commodification and alienation of the human body being hacked to pieces by capitalist cybernetics, class warfare, environmentalism etc.) and the characters got all colourful backstories but it keeps everything at a surface level that never get scratched to be explored. (Vector, Ido's assistant, Hunter Warriors. It lacks Cameron's efficient quick brushes characterization so you're left without much to chew on as they aren't really memorable in themselves except for Zapan). Alita is a truly fascinating character in media res and off-screen in terms of technological breakthrough (The scene when she first woke up is beautiful, the best scenes of the movie are just Alita contemplating and discovering herself for the first time, staring wide awake at the outside world or experiencing her newfound environment innocently. Too few poetic shots that prolly take their time to let you embrace and understand the character's inner journey through her POV organically. The few times Rodriguez finds the fine tuning and visual rythm that matches the narrative's heartbeat as a storyteller). Unfortunately, Alita is surrounded by a hodgepodge of frustrating material (just like she's surrounded by Frankenstein-like cyborgs made of repo junk mech and sleak gynoids), bogged down by editing and pofaced lines of dialogue delivered with a slice of polite boredom. I feel bad for Rosa Salazar, she puts her all in this CG character because she feels it could be her long-awaited break-out but everything around gets in the way to bring down her natural shine so the movie rests upon her shoulders to get by, losing momentum and heft when she's off-screen. I hope she can still get lead roles to showcase her acting without being supplanted by CG, she won't be to blame if the movie is a bust. It's not a Jupiter Ascending situation though as Alita is a genuine and sympathetic pro-active character. Clunky transitions (or lack of), hokey editing feels like disjuncted vignettes that are fine in themselves but there's too much stop/start rythm and making ankward narrative leap from scene to scene to make them connect and build up properly. Once the Hunter Warrior plot gets going, there's so many things being thrown on the screen at a frantic pace to take in, weakening character development that needs time to breath and resonate in order to hit that right emotional note. Rodriguez can't adress "deep" moments, he's never been a brainy filmmaker interested in subtext and emotional resonance past the surface, what he tries to convey deep inside, just "cool" and "fun" pulp exploitation for the sake of it. He just pays lip service to what is on the page without adding his POV and outlook (if he has any of his own). He's not a dumb guy but he doesn't have the artist's sensibility and humanist understanding that James Cameron has injected in his body of work, to tackle such material by shedding those characters pathos wide open through their tribulations for us to fully commit and empathize with. His tentatives often land with a thud (Connelly's character is the main culprit falling victim to that weakness. Waltz does what he can with what he has but he can only do so much with such a wonky pace butchering his character's trauma and transfer, what could have been heartwrenching. Hugo's death and immediate resuscitation just to die again is too rushed and tacked on). The dramatic strings are too thick and manipulated without much subtlety and mastery since it's never been Rodriguez's strengths as a director whatsoever. The Alita's motorball scene should have been the climax to tie everything up in a neat bow like a classic 3 parts Cameron's climax. Motorball's race > Chiren sacrificing/Alita killing Vector> Hugo falling, agonizing and dying at the church. I guess that's the scriptwriting trap in trying to cram all the most popular beats from separate books into one storyline in a questionable chain of rushed events. The whole Hugo cyborg thing when he goes on his suicidal trip to Zalem didn't have the connective tissue to work so abruptly as presented in the movie to land. Frankly, I would have taken more liberties with the manga like having a Hunter Warrior rebellion trying to take on Zalem by desperately escalating those big cables provoking a big battle over Iron City (Instead of a short flashback) edited in parrallel to the Motorball race and Alita taking on Vector (Put his HQ tower in the Motorball arena). That would have feel more Cameron-like to have all those simultaneous action with parrallel stakes. Then Alita rushes to save Hugo from the Fall, they fall together but Hugo's injuries are lethal and they crash into the church for him to die. The same one they were sitting at the top talking about their Zalem dreams. Going from a big setpiece to an intimate character driven climax like Aliens and Avatar. It pains me to say that but Cameron should have chosen James Wan to direct this and elevate his script (Didn't like Aquaman but Wan directed the shit out of that whack gonzo script no holds barren, making the most with the crap he was given to work with). Or better, someone like Bong Joon-Ho. As it is, a fluffy popcorn ride, the flaws keep it from being a scifi classic among Cameron's cinematic landmarks that it had totally the potential to be. It's a movie that fails to keep me engaged all the way through emotionally past Alita's human awakening sequences like a Cameron movie does effortlessly so I just have to marvel at the striking cyberpunk imagery and the body horror it conjures. This is the kind of movie I wanted to love in spite of the flaws but it's hard to not feel blue balled. Plenty of flawed movies still succeeded at the BO but damn the potential for greatness was so within close reach if Cameron/Kalogridis polished another draft and instructed Rodriguez to pace and tighten the shit out of it in editing because the tech is there to fulfill Kishiro's vision.
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