Twitter Hates James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel Movie Trailer
Maybe the big eyes were a bad choice.
James Cameron has been been trying to get an adaptation of the Battle Angel Alita manga made since as far back as 2000. At one point, he even said he intended to direct it. Fast forward to current day and the movie finally exists, with Cameron as a producer and Robert Rodriguez directing.
The first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel has arrived, and the reaction it's receiving surely can't be what everyone involved was hoping for. Rosa Salazar portrays the titular Alita, a cyborg warrior. While, for the most part, the trailer seems to be a decent adaptation of the source material, there is one major thing that doesn't fit in with the rest of the movie.
In the movie, Alita is portrayed as having giant eyes in a normal-sized head. While big eyes are a trademark of many manga and anime classics, it looks downright strange in a live-action film populated with live-action human beings. The eyes and the digital work done to the character's face make her look animated.
It took almost no time for many to jump to Twitter, comparing the trailer to everything from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to cult classic ET: The Extra-Terrestrial rip-off Mac and Me to the baby in Twilight: New Moon - Part 2. The movie "attempts to give its heroine IRL anime eyes and it's the kookiest looking thing," one user says.
In the wake of that 'Alita: Battle Angel' trailer, seems like a good time to collectively remember this iconic demon child. pic.twitter.com/ORAaHeXwZC— Adam Chitwood (@adamchitwood) December 8, 2017
i think we all know where alita battle angel is going pic.twitter.com/zGyKrYb2ox— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) December 8, 2017
Alita: Battle Angel trailer: Nope. Nuh-uh. No thank you, goodbye. I want no part of that Black Hole Sun video uncanny valley ish.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) December 8, 2017
It's just a little too difficult to look past those giant eyes in the first trailer, which is a shame. A Robert Rodriguez movie that boasts a cast including Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, and Ed Skrein, just to name a few, should be pretty amazing.
Not all hope is lost, though. This is just the movie's first trailer. Alita: Battle Angel doesn't hit theaters until July 20, leaving plenty of time to change public perception. In the meantime, take a look at more of our favorite tweets about the trailer below.
behind the scenes snapshot of alita: battle angel pic.twitter.com/l9uaB5SWeO— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) December 8, 2017
I just saw the trailer for Alita: Battle Angel and I'm just like.... pic.twitter.com/0Baxk2TZWw— Rainbow Rocket Thot DJ (@OhHeyDJ) December 8, 2017
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL looks *horrible*. Someone forgot to tell Robert Rodriguez that faces shouldn't look like anime faces in real life.— Andrew Todd (@mistertodd) December 8, 2017
I would have chosen the dog filter for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, but that’s just me.— Russ Fischer (@russfischer) December 8, 2017