Took my dad to see the movie in 3D. He loved it, I loved it, but having said that.. First off, I really feel like the movie could have been at least 30 minutes longer. Parts of the story felt a little rushed in places and left me thinking 'if they'd just taken a few more minutes on this scene' more than once.
Second, I found myself kind of irked a little bit, how they'd tease characters that show up later in books by giving them brief cameos. I mean come on, you show us Jashugan and Ajakutty all of twice, and then that's it?! *laughs* Admittedly, that was just a fleeting irritation. I've always felt that Jashugan was one of the more significant characters in Gunnm. Though... seeing a version of Tiegel would have been hilariously awesome to me.
Third, I also felt like Grewishka could've gotten more screen time. He wasn't nearly as sympathetic as Makaku (who is one of my favorite villains, creepy bastard that he is) but I felt like we could've been shown just why he's so loyal to the big bad... and that he could've been made creepier/scarier. I mean, he's played by Jackie Earl Haley of all people, who made Freddy Krueger creepy again! I wasn't expecting anything as bad as eating people's brains, but still!
Fourth, the crashed ship. That part felt like an awkward fit to me. I get how and why it was placed in the setting of the movie, but I think there should have been an explanation as to just what had kept would-be salvagers from doing more than pulling pieces of scrap off the thing. Some kind of lethal security system or something, but admittedly that ties into my first point about the story feeling rushed in places.
Things I liked though? Zapan. They did an amazing job with him, and I'm not just talking about the Blue Oyster Cult scar on his forehead (though that was a nice homage touch). Ed Skrein did him justice, and I'll admit that I was expecting him to drop the ball there on playing him. Also McTeague. A better name than Murdock given the look they went for with him, even though my dad honestly thought for a moment that he was Burt Reynolds. Took me a while to unsee that.
And finally, the girl of the hour here. I did not expect Rosa Salazar to sound exactly like the Alita in my head. She in fact, blew me away completely with how well she did. I'll admit, I tend to look at Alita with rose-colored glasses. I stumbled across Gunnm in my mid-teens, and it seemed like I literally fumbled my way through my teenage years along side that stubborn octopus-lips-looking dummy, to the point where it's like she's another sister of mine. Rosa made her brave, silly, scary, goofy, wonderful, intense, and beautiful in all the right ways in all the right places. I'm going to be trying to watch the movie again in theaters at some point, and I've never said that about a movie before now.