After decades spent in development hell, the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's manga finally hits the big screen this month with the release of Alita: Battle Angel.
Written and produced by James Cameron, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film is a cyberpunk epic centered around the amnesiac cyborg Alita and her adventures in the 26th century.
Despite the talent involved, a great many people have been a bit nervous about this film. Even setting aside the fact that live-action anime adaptations have been historically awful, the film's prolonged development and release-date push backs seemed to give the impression that Fox feared they had a disasterpiece-in-the-making on their hands.
Thankfully, it turns out that this is not the case at all.
While it certainly has its fair share of issues, Alita: Battle Angel is by and large a vastly entertaining blockbuster. It does justice by the source material while also living up to the immense promise of being a film with the creative blueprints of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez all over it. For many reasons, it is a shockingly great time at the cinema.