One of the benefits of film is that it is a visual media, and that means that it can do in a frame what it might take a book several pages to pull off. Where we see this the most is in its ability to build worlds in front of our eyes.
These worlds could be great space operas that explore galaxies, or a small period piece that looks back in time, or anything. But when every part of the film is being used to tell a story, you know it is good.
So without further ado, these are films that showed excellence in Worldbuilding 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question, also you can click on the banners to go to the full reviews.
TL;DR – Filled with excited characters, and interesting action, it is almost a great film, that is until it fails to stick the landing
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Alita: Battle Angel is one of those films that has been bubbling in and out of
the film scene for almost twenty years now. It would get so close to being made
and then another setback, and once it was filmed we would get these little titbits
every month or so. With all this, I was
wondering what we would actually get with the final product because I had not seen the original Manga it is based on so
I was coming in blind. Well now that I have had some time to think through it,
I can say that it is a film with some truly beautiful moments, some really
intense ‘oh damn’ moments, and also is a movie that it falls into the same trap
as many films these days and sacrifices the narrative of this film to set up potential
sequels in the future.
So to set the scene, in the far future the Earth is covered in large sky cities
until one day called ‘The Fall’ everything came crashing down bar one city
called Zalem. With the Earth devastated many flock
to the one remaining bastion of civilization creating the great Iron City that
sprawls out underneath Zalem. No one from the Iron City can enter Zalem, but
they all work for the city, in the farms, factories, or as Hunter-Warriors who
are bounty hunters in a world where the police no longer exist. In the centre
of Iron City is the junkyard, where the people of Zalem throw out all their
junk raining it down on the city below. One day Dr Dyson (Christoph Waltz) was scavenging
the junkyard for parts for his cybernetic limbs clinic when he comes across a
cyborg core with a still functioning brain. He brings her home and repairs her body when she awakes she has no idea what her
name was, or what her past was, but she accepts the name Alita (Rosa Salazar)
and begins to learn about the dangerous world around her.