Alita: Battle Angel - Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron, anime eyes


#61

Setting aside for the moment that interesting isn’t the opposite of terrible…

You’d be hard pressed to find a single action movie with interesting dialogue? Is that something you seriously just said?


#62

Interesting is a different measure for different people.

But anyways, @Left_Empty, glad you enjoyed it. I am cautiously optimistic about it, having really enjoyed the first manga series as a teenager (never read Last Order and while I was thinking about it because of the movie, you seem to indicate it’s not worth it?).

Also, we need a Motorball videogame!


#63

Road House had great dialogues, but that was an exception.

There is some wacky and dark world building in the first few books of Last Order — Kishiro’s really good at it — but 90% of the series is basically a Dragonball budokan filler event: a karate tournament takes place from book 5 to book 17 — and I used to think of the Motorball of the first series as filler!
Both in Last Order or the recent Mars Chronicles, Gary has just become a detached spectator, the absolute anti-thesis of her character at the beginning of the series. Maybe it is just part of a 20 years long story-arc the author has been concocting, but I am doubtful. As such, it might be nostalgia for the character that made me enjoy the movie more than most might think it really is worth.


#64

You must be nuked from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


#65

I read the series recently due to the movie, and Last Order really doesn’t hold up to the original series. It’s not bad, as such, but it pretty much loses a lot of what makes the original series interesting, except in the occasional flashback and world-building sequences (as well as the occasional introspection by the main character, but as you note - she becomes much more of a detached spectator in LO, than she was in the original series).


#66

Very good movie.


#67

I’m very glad it turned out to be a very good movie. I am usually skeptical of Hollywood, but this looked cool to me. Not sure why everyone is so hung up on the eyes. Yes they make me uncomfortable, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


#68

They didn’t make me uncomfortable - I mean, I KNEW she couldn’t see me ! Lol jk. Anyway they didn’t make me uncomfortable. I love the tech n mech. Was unfamiliar with the manga or anime - may check them out now.


#69

Read the manga, avoid the anime (it’s just bland)


#70

The only good part of Last Order and beyond is the cool world building (it’s a full transhumanist scifi with different factions in Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, etc). Apart from that, the self contained adventure of the original comic was much better.


#71

Ok - thanks !


#72

Movie good, eyes are ment to hit uncanny valley, so if you Get a bit creeeped the effect is correct on you.

Wanted more motorball, but still good fun.


#73

Are they? I was under the impression that the reason for the eyes is that Cameron and Rodriguez were aping the look of the manga.


#74

Kishiro’s visual take on the Western take. It could go loops and loops!


#75

Psst, Left_, not everyone here speaks Elvish like you apparently do.


#76

It’s just the image linked. An illustration by the original author of the film character.