This year I am trying to continue the trend from last in which I saw, on average, two movies a month in the theaters. I am back into enjoying the cinematic experience. Which is why we were so excited to go see the film Alita: Battle Angel. Robert Rodriguez directed Alita: Battle Angel from a script by James Cameron. Such pedigree! Such expectations for grand visuals. Especially since its release date was repeatedly pushed back. Well, that was an ominous sign although I chose to believe that it was being pushed back in order to perfect the film.
The movie was in part about figuring out who one is and what does one stand for. As I watched, I got to thinking about what does one get to fight for? Sometimes some other individuals believe one will take the punishment they dole out, not realizing there is a core of strength within us. Not realizing that we are indeed capable and enabled to fight back. I suppose I’m projecting a lot as the movie really wasn’t that deep and seemed quite incomplete. Admittedly, I fell asleep for ten minutes after the first 15 minutes. I was knocked out. I haven’t done that in a while. But there were other forces at play here. I’ve had a hard week. At some point, I needed to sleep. Watching this movie was as good as any place to finally catch up on sleep.
The visuals in the movie are strong as well as pithy statements such as “I don’t need your permission to live”. Indeed. I may just have that as a signature line in my emails to mess with people. Well, no. Not really. I hate quotes in email signatures. But, nonetheless, I feel inspired to threaten such a quote.
The movie is about a cyborg warrior with a heart of gold. Everything else seems irrelevant. The ending was just as irrelevant. There may very well be a sequel but I am not revved up to catch it. My son liked the movie. And, that alone makes me happy. I’d like to think I’m a warrior and that I stand up for what is right. Actually, I know I am. And, if this movie can inspire others similarly so be it.