By this point, we've seen a fair amount of footage from Robert Rodriguez' Alita: Battle Angel, enough that you probably already know where you stand on this thing: either you're onboard with what Rodriguez and company are trying to do here (read: make a live-action manga), or you're still stuck on the way it looks (read: ghoulish) and have no intention of sitting through two hours of it.
This latest trailer probably won't do much to change anyone's mind on either side of the divide.
This trailer, it's worth noting, was revealed this morning by 20th Century Fox during a livestream event that also featured a Q&A with Rodriguez, star Rosa Salazar, and executive producer James Cameron (and, uh, a viewing audience that hovered in the hundreds). From where I'm standing, up here on the luxuriously-appointed patio of my resplendent ivory tower, this is the nerdiest goddamn thing I've seen since Warcraft came along. It looks aggressively cheesy, almost willfully so, and the visual effects do not fill me with what you might call "overwhelming confidence".
That said, I'm also not the target audience for Alita: Battle Angel, so it really doesn't matter. If this kinda thing is normally your jam, I figure there's at least a 50% chance that you're hyped about it. In which case: I sincerely hope the movie delivers for you! And for Fox, because it cost $200M to make!
Anyway, here's an official plot synopsis, should you need one:
"Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past."
Alita: Battle Angel arrives in theaters on December 21st. You gonna see it or nah? Sound off in the comments below.