For some reason I wrote this early August when the movie was showing in theatres, right after I saw it, but never got round to publishing it. Hope you enjoy nonetheless. By the way, I watched the dubbed version rather than the subbed version, because that’s how I watched DBZ as a kid, and even if I didn’t I probably wouldn’t really give a damn and watch it subbed anyway.
Full disclosure: Was wearing nostalgic goggles.
Man I must have not watched Dragon Ball Z since I was in Primary School, so about 10 years or more. I used to love watching it after Pokemon on Cheez TV on Network Ten. Those were the days.
The last movie, Battle of the Gods a few years back, was the first Dragon Ball Z anime story in about 15 years, I didn’t see that one though, so this was all through fresh eyes.
I didn’t need some amazing reboot or extravaganza that put the series in new directions, I just wanted the DBZ that I remember and loved. For some, that might not be good enough, because this movie doesn’t do anything groundbreaking. It’s almost like an extended sitcom episode, where a badness happens, and everything resets. And just like the Japanese Godzilla movies, a baddie comes along, and Goku shows up and deals with it.
I was fine with that. The characters are just as I remember, Goku’s still the goofy hero, Vegeta’s still the anti-hero in a rivalry with “Kakkarot”.
Krillin’s still a dork, Android #18 still acts like an Android. Bulma is the matriarch. Piccolo senses stuff. I don’t remember Master Roshi being buff when he felt like it, but okay.
I was surprised how funny it was. It felt very much like the show I remember.
This film is very true to the original anime. It plays out exactly how’d you expect and want, unless you wanted a revoltion. Yes it’s more of the same, but I didn’t care. Just a few Kamehamehas and I’m good.
I guess the only part I didn’t like was the ending. Felt a little bit like a cop-out, and was a bit predictable. Oh well, still a great movie. A MUST for DBZ fans, just don’t expecting anything new. For most of us, that will be enough.