ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
Malaysia Release Date: 5 February 2019
Genre: Science fiction cyberpunk, action
Running Time: 122 minutes
Director: Robert Rodriguez (Sin City films, Spy Kids films, From Dusk till Dawn)
Screenwriters: James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Eiza González, Jennifer Connelly
Verdict: Yes, it is one of the better Hollywood film adaptations of a Japanese manga/anime but it’s still not great. The film starts off so well. Patiently pacing the development of the characters, the beautiful world and familiar premise, which reminds of the likes of Metropolis (2001) and Elysium (2013). And then it goes downhill as the the film progresses, rushing the plot and relationships while also forcefully trying to set up sequels. Not to mention how cliched and predictable it is. The surprise actor reveal at the end is odd. I mean, it’s surprising to me but he’s no Brad Pitt to the general audience. The films is largely a CGI fest but it’s quite impressive, especially the strong action sequences albeit lack of substance. And yeah, her tryhard eyes look distractingly weird.
What I would’ve named the film: “Rockwoman” or “Mega Woman”
Malaysian censorship: Kissing scenes are cut off but action sequences do not seem tampered.
Rating: 3 / 5
THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
Malaysian Release Date: 7 February 2019
Genre: Animation, family adventure
Running Time: 107 minutes
Director: Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water)
Screenwriters: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish
Verdict: The jokes are not as quick, loaded and hard-hitting as the first film (2014) and it’s definitely harder to surprise us again with the block version of popular IP’s but it’s still very entertaining and thoughtfully meaningful. I was close to falling asleep in the first act but it gets better, especially when the LEGO world is linked with the real world. Though the ending is a little bit unrealistic in the real world. So basically, not that far off the first one and LEGO Batman Movie (2017), and definitely far, far better than Ninjago (2017).
Post-credit scene: There’s none. But the song during closing credits is quite funny. It’s about… closing credits.
Malaysian censorship: I’d be surprised if any blocks were required to be blocked.
Rating: 3.5 / 5