San Antonio, TX – I promise NO SPOILERS. “Alita” is the story of cyborg Alita (Rosa Salazar), who wakes up in a world, she has no memory of. She’s found in a dump, by a compassionate father figure, Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz). As she learns to navigate her new world, she begins to discover her fighting powers, while developing feelings for a street-smart Hugo (Keean Johnson).
Going into this movie, I have to admit I’m a big fan of Robert Rodriguez films. I was concerned I’d be watching a grown up version of “Spy Kids”. Another concern I had was Hollywood loves to accuse Directors of whitewashing characters, and he is taking the graphic novels, or manga, of Japanese author Yukito Kishiro, and transforming Alita into a mainstream typical teenage girl. Neither was the case. He successfully managed to give us a Superhero we could all cheer for, be afraid for, and feel for! Another thing I loved, which I expected, was Rodriguez adding his latin touch. He does this so exceptionally well in all his movies. I like to think of it as finding little easter eggs. When you watch it, see if you can spot Dr. Ido’s sign that reads “Mechanico” or Zapans back that resembles a Mayan Calendar.
Over all, I loved Alita and can not wait to see more!
“Alita: Battle Angel” released in theaters in the U.S. on Feb. 14. It is rated PG-13 for sequences of science-fiction violence and action, and for some language.