Let me just start off by saying that there are no redeeming qualities to this movie at all. The location of Master Roshi's house is totally mismatch to the surrounding backdrop. This movie is an abomination and a disgrace to the great anime and manga. In fact i think why sums up the entire movie. The movie only gives you the who and the what but no why. For one, the whole base of the story is completely off, not that it makes a huge difference because the acting alone is enough to make even the smallest of fans to the Dragonball universe cry and hang their heads in shame. The director must have a vision of the given materials.
Special places in hell are reserved for asses like this. This is so sad when you consider how much they had to work with and all they could produce was this. The setting is way off, and they never do tell you where the story is taking place. The Climax was downright disappointing with the gigantic monkey you see in the comics look like a guy wearing a rubber gorilla suit. That movie tried really hard to stay as close as possible to the original story of Dragonball as written by Akira Toriyama, but it ended up being more of a comedy.
Even the creator of the original manga A. This writer was fortunate enough to be invited to a private screening of the movie, and boy was I surprised! The multi-million dollar budget has amounted to a teen drama mixed with power rangers. Casting: God damn it, wrong cast dude! Carla Hool, please go back home and do some home work first! But when plots and characters are as insultingly stock as they are in Dragonball Evolution, you start fervently praying for a bit of Jodorowsky-style subversion, possibly involving the heroine, the Dark Lord, a sackful of syringes and a malnourished donkey called Carlos. Dragon Ball was, at least for me, the ultimate stream of hope and inspiration whole my life. When said eclipse appears, Goku transforms into Oozaru.
This time round it's the long running Dragonball series, because the assumption is that the built-in fan base would translate to instant dollars at the box office. Cringe at the cringe-inducing special effects! Why because there's too much information being cramped in. These are, most likely, the only two female participants. But she dies in the movie. I dare anyone to keep a straight face when Goku transforms into Oozaru.
Even the Kamehameha attack was used to light some candles! The writers have tried to fit too much into a short period of time. I guess next up will be Thundercats and Voltron for Hollywood to mess up for me. Here, however, the Kamehameha somehow acts like a reverse tractor beam, despite the fact that, if anything, it should push Goku away from Piccolo. The reason I imply confusion behind Gohan's Asian ethnicity is that his grandson Goku is, well. If you ask a builder to build you a house out of sticks, don't complain when it falls over. Goku is a highschool student while in the series he'd never even met a girl before.
This Movie plain and simple insults our intelligence, I mean I'm no Geek, but tham they were way off! So pretty much we see Goku on his 18th birthday, and he gets the dragonball. Other than that, I guess it's not so bad. Justin chatwin worked very hard to keep this going, but the script would not help him not remembering I tried watching this once before. Goku beats them by throwing them into lava. Or even if this is based off dragonball and not dragonball z, they could give goku a tail, and his extendo-quarterstaff of death, and they could still get in energy blasts and stuff.
But studio got to have more faith in selling these stories with huge fans around the world: Dragonball, Akira and whatnot. Or there wasn't any money from the beginning, and you're just using this movie as a money laundry? Thank you very much for reading! Of which he has one, in order to prevent the evil Lord Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. This movie, although aged and not exactly a direct interpretation of the Dragonball story, was still appreciated by most fans due to the comedic entertainment value. There's probably a point to be made about the eternal exchange of cultural currency; Japan wresting back characters and plot lines from Lucas, then flogging them to the West again; Eastern aesthetics filtered through American sensibilities. Akira Toriyama probably has a noose around his neck right about now. It's shown putting out and lighting fires, as well as somehow healing a character from near death — though later entries in the franchise give it a similar ability. She takes another 3 seconds.
For example, Roshi does not live on an island. Its just not value for money. It does not capture any of the charm, wit, excitement, humor, or bad-assery to be found in its source material. The only reason why I gave it a 3 out of 10 rating was for the special effects and production value which were semi-decent. The dialogues were stupid the acting was horrendous and the plot was terrible. For one of the most action packed animes around they sure did the opposite with the movie. Once again, thank you to all who had a part in raping one of my childhood friends My childhood is ruined.
In fact, slice this eloquently written verdict in half and it would still be far too flattering in length. Almost every aspect of dragonball was changed and i saw little to no representation of the character's true personalities. I think only Grandpa Gohan was close enough to the original character, except for the way he exits the movie early on. This film had all the effects of an 80's movie. Of course, we know this is not realistic. This one just ram raids it out of the store.