ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Looks Absolutely Wild

Robert Rodriguez's manga adaptation looks like next year's craziest motion picture

Something I’ll admit right off the bat: I’m not very familiar with anime.

I mean, I’m not completely unfamiliar with it. I’ve seen and enjoyed Cowboy BebopAkira, the 1995 Ghost in the Shell film, and most of the works of Hayao Miyazaki, and there are shows like Revolutionary Girl Utena that are definitely on my list of shows to watch one day, but for some reason I was never able to get into it as much as my friends in high school did.

Which is why I’m surprised that I’m as taken as I am with the trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, which was directed by Robert Rodriguez, produced by James Cameron, and written by both in collaboration with Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island). Watch the trailer below.

Rodriguez seems to have fully committed to the anime aesthetic, or at least he has with the character of Alita, played by Rosa Salazar. The CGI’d on anime eyes seem to be putting a lot of people off, but I’m weirdly into it.

In fact, I’m into the film’s aesthetics as a whole. This is the best-looking film Rodriguez has made in ages (probably because of the absolutely massive budget he got for this), and I am into pretty much every design I’m seeing in this trailer.

However, what’s really making me excited for this film is the bleeding heart that the trailer is presenting. Literally offering her heart to her love interest is exactly the kind of incredibly blunt visual metaphor that I can get behind, and if the actual film is able to match up to it, I imagine that I’ll probably love it.

What did you all think of this trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Andrew Clark

    I am super into this. After the gorgeously detailed and imaginative VALERIAN from this year I’m excited about any film that looks bold and weird and isn’t just a grey, slobbering mess.

    I WAS into anime as a teen but never watched or read this. I probably won’t, either, at least until the movie comes out. I’m interested!

  • This is the most excited I’ve been about a Rodriguez project in years. He looks like he’s, you know, actually trying.

    One note: isn’t Alita supposed to be totally CGI? Not just the eyes?

    • Something

      Yeah, Rodriguez said in an Empire profile that it was a mo-capped performance

  • Lunaman

    The overall designs of the characters and environments are amazing, but those eyes are terrible choice and it makes her look like absolute stupid garbage. Full stop.

    • I don’t mind the eyes. I think thy won’t be a big deal once the full film is here.

  • I’m into this. I was ready to crap on it because Rodriquez and Cameron make me default to garbage expectations, but I like this. It’s just a taser, but still… I’m interested.