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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

After being in development for God knows how long, 20th Century Fox has finally released an official trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, which is based on the manga Battle Angel Alita (or Gunnm in Japan, which translates to “Gun Dream.”) by Yukito Kishiro.

This is a film that could have very much been mistaken with something like Ghost in the Shell, which has very similar themes of cyborgs and lost memories. However, with Robert Rodriguez’s unique hand, it looks like we’re getting something very different.

Right off the bat, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Alita looks creepy as hell. Clearly inspired by the look of the actual character in the manga, Rodriguez and co. decided to give her those very distinct anime eyes, and the results are…both distracting, yet mildly endearing, given that we’re supposed to get the impression that she feels different from everyone else.

 

However, I personally have to say, I dug this trailer. Given that this is set to be a big, unique visual effects driven opus, it would have been easy to capitalize solely on that. Look at a film like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, where they made no effort to actually get us to care about the characters in the marketing. With this one, despite the outlandish setting or those crazy eyes, there’s an emotional throughline that’s easy to get.

Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez, and is shot from a script from James Camera, Laeta Kalogridis, and Robert Rodriguez. The film is produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau.

What do you think of this new trailer? Are you as much of a damn softy as me, or do you hate the look they chose for the character? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on July 20, 2018.

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SOURCE: 20th Century Fox

  • Broian

    I’ve been excited about this for a while (but wish Cameron could have made time for it). I liked the trailer but am wondering if this is gonna be all origin story or if it will get into the crazy ultra-violence I remember from the Manga.

    • Broian

      Waltz as Ido looks perfect.

    • Brafdorf

      I think if anyone is gonna do ultra violence it’s Rodriguez

  • Lenin1959

    Maisie Williams?!

  • Nay sayer!

    It’ll suck. I hope it doesn’t but adapting Japanese properties to Hollywood just never or very rarely (like super rarely) works. Also the effect looks out of date

  • The big eyes thing is just weird, for me. However, by the end of this trailer I didn’t care. I think they are embracing the uncanny valley, just going with it. This isn’t my kind of movie, but I like what I’m seeing.

    • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

      They should have gone with different genre and make big…. u fill in the blank hahahahhahaha

      • Raoul Duke

        If you’re looking for big dicks, take a look at your face in a mirror…

        • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

          And from out of nowhere, the dicks come out..

          • Raoul Duke

            Is that what it was like watching this trailer at your place?

          • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

            U could not take your eyes from me for 1:55… That is sad. Later !

        • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

          Really

  • Victor Roa

    I’m worried that the real anime girl is Jennifer Connelly, jesus, 15 years of talking about it and this?

    • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

      Me and my friend back at 96, were like: Yeah they are gonna make the movie!!! Super excited.
      Really, still gonna watch this but this movie has a lot to live up to.
      The action in the manga comic and anime was brutal.

      • Victor Roa

        maybe, maybe, not sure how to react about this trailer even with Rodriguez tone down more then Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

        • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

          It is very toned down for now and Rodriguez aint shy about his action…. Also the big eyes, people ain’t ready for the that – only the ones the appreciate visual art and animation, yes … I thought it was cool, if Rodriguez played this right.

          • Victor Roa

            maybe the Faculty? That’s probably his most tone down? Or original Mariachi? Even that had his humor on the budget.

          • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

            The faculty, have not watch it. Any good?

          • Victor Roa

            yes, don’t want to spoil it, but it’s kevin Williamson of scream and at first it kinda starts like that but then rolls into something much much much better.

          • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

            OH!

  • Madcap2112

    I think she looks terrible. Hopefully the CGI isn’t cooked all the way yet.

  • Behemothrex

    Wow when I thought it was all going to be CGI it looked okay. But then when I realized that the chick was the only CGI, it looked terrible! It was like watching Rodger Rabbit, she doesn’t look human and she doesn’t look like a Robot she looks like a character from a good CGI movie, but that doesn’t fly in a live action movie.

  • Danny B

    At the risk of going against popular opinion here in the talk backs….I actually liked this trailer. I wasn’t bothered by the news of this movie being made even with Cameron attached as i have no idea about the original ‘property’. This trailer has peaked my interest, so maybe the plan was to appeal to non Anime fans perhaps…

  • Brafdorf

    The fact Rodriguez isn’t a shill for Hollywood actually gives this some hope of being good. I also like that Cameron is still attached.
    Rodriguez is no stranger to violence either

    • Brafdorf

      I just hope it gets weird and doesn’t try to stay too grounded. It’s the only way IMO

  • Momitchell

    Just watched the trailer and the CGI is actually pretty amazing… She looks weird, but is obviously supposed to, however she also looks very real. I’ll definitely be checking this out.

  • Tonk99

    I know why Cameron didn’t direct this: because it will tank. Big time. And he knows it and knows his ego couldn’t take the inevitable battering that would come his way. This way he gets to throw Rodriguez under the bus.

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.