I have not read the manga at all. I know nothing about this story other than what the movie previews have shown me and frankly may not read much of this thread until after I see the film on Thursday night. But what I do know and see is knocking my fucking socks off.
I have really high hopes for this film. It looks exciting, action-packed and thoughtful, with an emphasis on the characters and their emotional bonds; I hope it really is like that and not just a stupid CGI-fest (like Avatar).
Yes, I am aware. The screenplay is by James Cameron and he remains a producer. It’s the same project as he was working on a long time ago; he just isn’t directing it. Laeta Kalogridis co-wrote the script back in 2005-2007 with him and that script is the one in use.
So, he didn’t direct, but it is the same movie.
Robert Rodriguez, if controlled and monitored, could do a great job.
This could be a disaster or a great thing. Or nothing much at all.
The eyes definitely put her into the Uncanny Valley, but then, this is a character who should be in the Uncanny Valley. That’s part of the point: That she’s not exactly human.
I’ve never read the manga, but I did see the anime, way back in the day. The ending was a major downer-- I have to wonder if this version will keep that, or give her a happy ending. And I’m honestly not sure which I’d prefer.
Huh, this could be fun. I’m getting a kind of unselfconsciously campy wibe from the trailer. I really liked last year’s Ready Player One (and the book, natch) so this might be for me. Thanks for the tip!
I did not get in to the sneak preview. I got to the theatre about 35 minutes early and there were already about 300 people in line. I was maybe 50 or 60 back when they told us it was full and there were at least 100 people behind me.
I got in last night here in New Orleans. I got in line 1.5 hours early.
The showing was on the Dolby Screen, and they had some brand new (at least I had never seen them around here) Dolby 3D glasses that we were told can not leave the auditorium under any circumstances (leave them on your seat if you go to the bathroom!).
The movie wasn’t bad but I did have problems with the the main character and her eyes. The behind the scenes showed how they did some of the “performance capture” stuff for her, and I wonder if the way they animated the character was still a problem for me or if the performance capture did it’s job well and it was just that the actress was bad. Hard to say.
The Q&A at the end was OK, Robert Rodriguez always impresses me and Christoph Waltz had some particularly good insights I thought.
I’m not familiar with the anime or manga, but it definitely set things up for a sequel so I’m not sure if the story was complete or not.
Well, I’m less optimistic now than I was in 2005. I had some hope that Cameron would preserve the philosophy and gloom from the comic, but the trailers have given zero sense of that. If it’s just “cute robot beats people up” for two hours, it’s really not Alita. It’s just “Alita themed action movie”.
I expect to still like it, but I’ll go into it expecting an action flick, not an a genuine Alita movie - similar to going in to one of the new Star Trek films.
I think (but am not certain) that the only biological part of her is the brain and spine. The head and torso are from before she was almost-deaded, but like I think I remember that she had cracks in her face when Ido first found her.