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** The over the top way Alita screams in fury whenever she fights and her overly impassioned expressions can be hard to take seriously at times.


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (a [[BoxOfficeBomb bomb]] north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth, a modest but very devoted fandom it instantly gained and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (a [[BoxOfficeBomb bomb]] bomb north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth, a modest but very devoted fandom it instantly gained and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth, a modest but very devoted fandom it instantly gained and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north (a [[BoxOfficeBomb bomb]] north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth, a modest but very devoted fandom it instantly gained and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.


* EvilIsCool: Vector. He dresses like {{Film/Blade}} and has a calm disposition to everything, even to being threatened by Nova and Alita.
** Apparently Mr. Ali channeled Blade enough for Marvel/Disney to notice [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffewing/2019/07/21/marvel-announces-mahershala-ali-as-blade-in-mcu-phase-5/#7b57101a4844]].

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* EvilIsCool: Vector. He dresses like {{Film/Blade}} Film/{{Blade}} and has a calm disposition to everything, even to being threatened by Nova and Alita.
** Apparently Mr. Ali channeled Blade enough for Marvel/Disney to notice [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffewing/2019/07/21/marvel-announces-mahershala-ali-as-blade-in-mcu-phase-5/#7b57101a4844]].
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Among the foreign markets the film did best in Russia (which is second in the world's box office, behind only South Korea, where it was released a full week earlier) and France, taking the third place. And of course there is the film's biggest market, China.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Among the foreign markets the film did best in Russia (which is second in the world's box office, behind only South Korea, where it was released a full week earlier) and France, France (where [[Manga/{{Gunnm}} the original manga]] is much better known than in the US) taking the third place. And of course there is the film's biggest market, China.


** ''Motorball'', from the score by Music/JunkieXL. Holy ''fuck'', those sampled bass beats from ''[[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad Brothers in Arms]]''.

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** ''Motorball'', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K_CzTLFpAA Motorball]]'', from the score by Music/JunkieXL. Holy ''fuck'', those sampled bass beats from ''[[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad Brothers in Arms]]''.


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth mouth, a modest but very devoted fandom it instantly gained and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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** Apparently Mr. Ali channeled Blade enough for Marvel/Disney to notice [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffewing/2019/07/21/marvel-announces-mahershala-ali-as-blade-in-mcu-phase-5/#7b57101a4844]].


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail:
** Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime\manga, and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail:
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AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those unnecessarily expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime\manga, anime/manga and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive. Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: AndYouThoughtItWouldFail:
** Prior to release, the film was being considered one of those expensive and disappointing pet projects, with the bad reputation of Hollywood adaptations of anime\manga, and the UncannyValley complaints about the title character's BigAnimeEyes not helping matters. Critics were lukewarm, but audience reception proved to be ''very'' positive.
Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 in the face.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Several box office pundits projected the film to end up a massive BoxOfficeBomb that would have opened in the vicinity of $20 million and grossed $200 million worldwide "at best". It opened with twice that domestically. And while the worldwide totals (around $400 million, twice the projected gross) don't look that impressive at first glance and the film's profitability will leave a big question mark due to its cost and final domestic tally (north of $85 million), [[https://movieweb.com/alita-2-battle-angel-box-office-success/?fbclid=IwAR0J4A3klMojcDFmRkNO6Sf7zJixwxT33GKO9sRRnLJt9LXM6ZhUcQg0lUs they don't paint a total disaster either]], meaning the movie very much defied expectations, doing the best it could with word of mouth and lackluster marketing. Moving the release date from December 2018 to February 2019 proved to be a wise move that prevented it from sharing the sad fate of fellow new-to-the-big-screen big budget science fiction film ''Film/MortalEngines'' against which ''Alita'' was initially set to release and which took the big releases of December 2018 (''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' and ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'') in the face.

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* HoYay: Right before Alita offers to give her heart to him so he can pay to get to Zalem, Hugo wakes up {{shirtless|scene}} and says he spent the night drinking with Vector.

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* HilariousInHindsight: This film's version of Vector looks just like Film/{{Blade}}. He even has the all-black ensemble of sunglasses, trenchcoat, and high-top fade. Then it was revealed in SDCC 2019 that Creator/MahershalaAli was cast as Blade for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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* FandomRivalry:
** With ''Film/{{Captain Marvel|2019}}'', another science fiction female-lead film released a month apart. While some simply see ''Alita'' as the more visually-interesting and original movie, there's a strange case of this phenomenon in that a lot of the rivalry is more a political ploy where those who attacked ''Captain Marvel'' (for, among other things, political statements by Creator/BrieLarson) using ''Alita'' to parry the accusation they are against female protagonists. [[FriendlyFandoms Conversely]], a number of ''Captain Marvel'' fans who are mindful of the latter group have actually told others to support ''Alita'' to encourage more female-led films.
** With ''Film/CityHunterTheCupidsPerfume'' in France, strangely, for it has the same kind of CriticalDissonance and [[ApprovalOfGod approval by the manga's creator]].

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* VillainDecay: Vector. [[spoiler: In the Manga, and even parts of the Anime OVA, Vector is portrayed as a MagnificentBastard who is the unquestioned ruler of Iron City. In the film, he appears this way at first, only to later reveal he is a mindless puppet of Nova who has no control of his own and does Nova's bidding mostly by force. In the original Manga, Vector willingly does business with Zalem for profit, is not controlled by Nova or even knows about him. And turns against Zalem and helps Alita/Gally during the climax of the Manga for his own selfish reasons, ultimately becoming a KarmaHoudini.]]

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