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The romance between Alita and Keean Johnson’s character is one of the better parts of the movie, but at times, it can feel forced.

James Cameron’s new movie takes flight

A trend in Hollywood throughout the years around Valentine’s Day is filmmakers luring couples into auditoriums in hopes of cashing in on brandless romantic flicks. People have seen an increasing influx of big budget movies earlier in the year in the recent times. This year is no exception, with the release of “Alita: Battle Angel” raking in over $12.3 million, according to Rotten Tomatoes, it seems like summer is no longer the only time for huge blockbusters.

“Alita: Battle Angel” is set in a distant future, where most people have some parts of their bodies are replaced with cybernetic counter parts. Dr. Dyson Ido, played by Christoph Waltz, discovers remnants of Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, in a junkyard and tries to rebuild her from what he found. The movie shows her progression from being a clueless individual to a fierce fighter, while discovering her past along the way.

With the action genre, 3D can be a gimmick for studios to add more digits to their paycheck. It is not the case with “Alita: Battle Angel.””

The movie is an adaptation from the much beloved manga series “Battle Angel Alita” by Yukito Kishiro is produced by James Cameron. Cameron has made a name for himself throughout his career when it comes to 3D movies.While Cameron is in charge of producing, Robert Rodriguez is directing. The director has proved himself to have skills with films like “Sin City” and “Machete.” With that being said, if one were to say this movie was anticipated would be an understatement.

The first thing that the audience will notice is the visuals being presented in front of them. It is the type of movie that will remain one of the best looking movies of the modern times among the likes of “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Dark Knight.” With the action genre, 3D can be a gimmick for studios to add more digits to their paycheck. It is not the case with “Alita: Battle Angel.” While the movie would be still amazing in 2D, a viewing of it in 3D can enhance the movie drastically. The visual effects and great action scenes alone are worth the money to pay for IMAX 3D. The motorball scenes in the film is heart pumping and gives viewers a sense of being “a fly on the wall” moving along the arena tracks. The 3D is slick and bright. In a lot of scenes, the depth of the image and the overall sense of environment can be felt, as opposed to movies like “Clash of the Titans,” a movie with a flat image even though it is labeled as “3D.”

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The movie shows Alita’s progression from being a clueless individual to a fierce fighter, while discovering her past along the way.

The action sequences of the movie is drenched in beautiful camera movements. The movie is not perfect, however, as their are some aspects that are not quite as good as the visuals. The storyline is somewhat flawed. While everyone did an amazing job portraying their characters, the movie feels rushed. Within the first minute, the viewers go from Christoph Waltz’s character stumbling upon the remains of Alita to her waking up. Even though the movie’s fast pace is a plus, it still can get jarring at times. The villain in the movie is not so fleshed out, and the main motive is not so clear. The romance between Alita and Keean Johnson’s character is one of the better parts of the movie, but at times, it can feel forced. And lastly, the film’s ending can leave the audience unsatisfied because it is hinting at the inevitable sequel.

Story flaws aside, “Alita: Battle Angel” is still a stunning experience and a breathtaking adventure. It is worth paying for a ticket because once it comes out on digital download, the small screen in the living room will not do it justice. With its amazing visuals, the problems can be overlooked and the film can be enjoyed on at least an entertaining level. If you are a person who loves the action genres or a movie nerd, this is simply a “must-see.”