James Cameron’s latest shake-the-box, ground breaking science fiction thriller Alita: Battle Angel will release to a waiting world on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. Dua Lipa graces us all with this amazing music video for a haunting tune from the film itself.
The song is called Swan Song, written for the film. It’s a denial of the inevitable, a reclaiming of personal power, and about becoming who you are meant to be. Pause the Krypton Radio stream using the controller at the upper right, and watch. There’s a lot to see here, so you might want to watch this full screen.
There is so much to love about this video. It’s obviously shot on location for the movie and parallels the emotional story. Watch, though, as Dua Lipa mirrors the moves of the cyborg Alita with astonishing precision. The energy, visual, emotional and musical, all comes together.
The video, directed by Floria Sigismondi, places Lipa on the hazardous streets of Iron City in the middle of Alita’s world. Floria said of the video:
“While in the film Alita is quite literally on a journey to discover who she is, her story serves as a really powerful allegory for any girl who doesn’t yet know her own power. I wanted to play with that same profound notion by dropping Dua into a facet of Alita’s world and allowing Alita to serve as a surrogate that leads her on a journey to discover she’s stronger than she ever could have imagined.”
Born Aug. 22, 1995 in London, England to Albanian parents, Dua Lipa broke out with her massive hit New Rules, which gave women and girls everywhere an anthem to move on from an ex. The song is from her 2017 self-titled debut album, which also features her platinum single IDGAF. Lipa received her first-ever nominations at the 61st GRAMMY Awards (for 2018) and won the award for Best New Artist.
Alita: Battle Angel is meant as the beginning of a series of films (assuming the first one does well). It’s produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau (Avatar), and directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids). It stars Rose Salazar in the title role, and releases worldwide this Thursday, February 14.