Hello, guys. Long time no see.
I could answer this topic right away two days ago, but I’ve taken a forum silence day to honor Sergio.
Now about the trailer.
At first I was shocked, but right now I’m pretty calm. Yes, I'm disappointed and saddened, but I won't freak out.
If I saw this five-seven years ago, it would be an insane butthurt — I’d be able to move the Earth out of it’s orbit with a butthurt propulsion. But, luckily, I’ve got caught up in life and work and stopped caring about manga much (I didn’t jump to another manga, I’ve just stopped reading manga and watching anime/shows/movies nearly completely due to lack of free time).
It's kinda too early to judge anything from the first trailer, but it looks pretty fucked up — at least right now. I don’t like it at all.
As far as you can remember (if you do) — my opinion on this movie was this one from the very beginning — “This movie shouldn’t be made at all, no matter by whom. Don’t fucking touch the masterpiece!
” and it looks like I was right all along. You were arguing with each other about the suitable director or what you want to see in the end, while I was telling everyone that this movie should never be made. When I heard that Rodriguez is making it, I stopped expecting anything good — he feels totally unsuitable for this manga. I can’t explain it, I just feel it.
And now you see why I didn’t want it made. It’s because the movie will turn out wrong
anyways, but it will be remembered and referenced as an original for decades — it’ll build a stable association for a general public. It will replace the original in mass culture.
It has even happened before — for an anime-public. For guys, who watch anime, but don’t read manga.
For example, I have a friend like that – when he heard the name of a character I was making fanart of, his reaction was instant – “Why are you making fanart for this crap? You’re kinda weird.”. When I told him that it’s a manga, which is a masterpiece, but not anime, he answered that nobody reads manga and nobody cares about it, but anime was crap. I’ve encountered several people like that later – everyone of them knew (or heard) name “Alita”, and all of them were sure that it’s plain rubbish, their only association was an anime, nobody of them has read (or was willing to read after my explanation) the manga, because it’s not their medium at all, they’re not reading type.
When the movie comes out, and if it’ll be shitty, the public will expand from anime-kuns to everyone, and all of it will associate the name with the movie, and the movie only. All of you will meet people, who will ask you why you like that weird crap that much, and you’ll never be able explain to them that it’s manga, which is good – they will never listen or will never read it, if they do listen.
Well, here are my complaints regarding the trailer:
Yep, you’ve guessed it. Eyes. They look insanely weird, disturbing, and out of place, especially in contrast with other characters – she looks like a disney 3d cartoon princess, but not a murder machine.
Also, the skin. It’s too detailed and it looks even weirder with those eyes. Also, I’ve noticed that the skin portion is put onto the body like a mask – all the way down to her shoulders. As far as I can remember, she had a full metal neck in two volumes on all bodies, and it just blended in technologically. I mean, it was like this
in manga, but we get something like this
in the movie.
I also don’t get why they needed a real similar-looking actress for this project at all. To make facial motion capture easier? The heroine looks like a full CG and doesn’t blend in – she stands out being CG, it’s very noticeable.
Imagine taking a girl from Frozen/Rapunzel/Brave and putting her into a cyberpunk environment mixed with real-life actors and you get the same weird feeling. Also, parts where she falls into a hole or fights cutters look like a cartoon, animation doesn’t look real enough there. I don’t expect these kinds of things from the most awesome and advanced studios in the world (Weta, for god’s sake!), so the only conclusion can be – it's director’s will. And it’s a very bad sign.
The style. It’s just off. It should have been a lot darker, very dirty, bloody, gory, and more blade-runnerish in atmoshpere. I personally expected it to be very similar in visual style to BR2049, but as if it’s a ghetto covered in dirt and shit, lots of rust, steam, trash, junkies, and corpses.
Plot. Looks like it’s based on the anime, so we’re screwed. They’re making crap even crappier. Nothing good to see here.
They’re also mixing volumes 1 and 2 in the same movie – that’s super weird. And the woman is completely out of place. Also, plot things are mixed up - as far as I can see, she fights cutters with the very first one civilian body. So, we won't get the wormhead part, that's uncool.
Btw, I hope she gets a vinyl suit she wore in the first two volumes in the movie, it would be a great fanservice. Yep, she had a vinyl suit on the berserker body and latex suit on the tuned body — just take a look at the side seams of suits in manga. Vinyl is sewn, while latex is glued, and it's very noticeable (also, a hint to cosplayers!).
The only character, who is visually pleasing and true to manga is Vector — he’s a perfect match, at least visually.
I had some more thoughts about this trailer, but I can’t remember them. Maybe, they’ll come to me after I read all your previous comments – I guess, most of my thoughts have already been discussed there.