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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The official trailer has dropped for Alita: Battle Angel, and I can tell you that it’s vastly different from anything I expected from Robert Rodriguez. Not only is it a lot less pulpy than I thought he was capable of producing, but Alita herself stole each shot of the trailer thanks to those damn eyes.

Rather than go the Ghost in the Shell route of having an actor take on the role of the character, it looks like they went the motion performance route with actress Rosa Salazar. The result is a character that jumps headfirst into the uncanny valley for a pretty creepy interpretation of the character.

What was the reason for them going this route? Speaking with Empire, Rodriguez said:

“It was always Jim’s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we’re so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there! When it gets to the emotional scenes it’s really uncanny and striking. And captivating!”

Rodriguez has always been known to be a purist when it comes to the material he’s adapting. As such, it makes sense he and Cameron (who is incredibly dedicated to pursuing technology use in film) would work together to make something wholly unique.

The question is, does it work, or does it simply distract far too much? Well, at the very least, it has a lot of folks online talking, which is pretty good considering Alita isn’t the biggest property out there. It’ll get conversation points and curiosity going, if nothing else.

What do you think of the approach they took with the eyes? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Empire

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.