A passable way to throw away 100 minutes if you’re willing to turn off your brain and pretend it’s making sense.
Despite offering a riveting, high-energy origin story, "Alita" lacks a genuine ending and this leaves the narrative frustratingly unfinished.
Kids will enjoy it more than adults, although there’s enough to keep older viewers from zoning out (at least most of the time).
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The gallows humor is pervasive, giving the production, which sometimes crosses over a line into outright parody, a quirky tone.
Wastes its premise while offering little more than a sparkling Henson performance to distract us from the underwritten screenplay.
The screenwriter’s guiding hand is too obviously present and becomes an impediment to any appreciation of the characters’ evolutions.
Although the lead character’s arc is troubled and conflicted, the ending makes her seem more like a superhero than the material warrants.
The director’s macabre flourishes and garish visuals can’t completely camouflage the hollow space at the production’s core.
Esoteric qualities don’t merit an unqualified recommendation for a production more apt to deliver frustration than gratification.
This fantasy-adventure inspired by Arthurian legends, although entertaining for children in the age 8-12 bracket, may be a bore and a chore for adults.