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Review: Dragonball: Evolution

Review of:  Dragonball: Evolution dragonball-movie-poster Overall Rating: 8

Dragon Ball: Evolution is not a great movie, it is not even a good movie but it does do one thing well which is the most important requirement of a movie… it is a really fun movie.  This is a niche movie and thus will not appeal to movie goers beyond those in the niche market.  For those fans Dragonball: Evolution rocks and I highly recommend watching it in the theaters.

Are you the type of person who will love this movie?  If you like silly fun martial arts movies then you will love this movie.  If you liked: Bullet Proof Monk, the Mortal Combat movies, speed racer, or the Shaw Brothers films then you will love this movie.  If not then this is not a movie for you.

Dragonball: Evolution captures the spirit and feel of Dragonball so brilliantly that we even had a debate whether it would cause some dissent amongst the Dragon Ball Z fans because of the subtle differences between the series.

If you pass the niche test and are debating whether to watch this movie in the theaters or just to rent it I recommend seeing it in the theater.  This is one of those movies that really takes advantage of the theater experience giving more depth to the adventure through the rumble boxes and seeing the fights larger than life.

Although the pace is brilliant and they kept the story fun the story is fluff.  This movie lacks any deeper meaning or thought educing moments.  This is not a requirement for every movie since some times it’s just good to sit back and be entertained but beyond the light message of “believe in yourself” and some enemies can not be overcome with force.

For more on Dragonball: Evolution read Theater or Renter: April 2009 here

Likes

  1. Good Dragonball film
  2. Shen Long looks awesome
  3. It has a really good pace
  4. They did a great job capturing the characters, Yamcha’s voice, their interactions, master Muten Roshi was even the perverted old man.
  5. The action sequences were fun and funny
  6. Piccolo was not as much of a power ranger villain as the promotions made him out to be, in context his outfit looked good.
  7. The capsule car rocked
  8. magic looked good
  9. Oozaru looked good
  10. i like that they didn’t dwell on the grandfather Gohan’s death yet used him as an inspirational force and motivator for Goku
  11. I like how he overcame the Oozaru
  12. I liked how they handle the romantic parts of the film with the focus on love and relationship and not sex and pornography

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. This is not a mass appeal movie
  2. Shen Long was too small
  3. the animated hair looked fake
  4. This movie is just fluff, there is really nothing deeper to it.

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DVD Releases: March 17th, 2009

Out this week we have six DVD’s to feature: Sword Masters: The Duel of the Century, Ghost Hunters: Season 4, Pt. 2, Twilight, Punisher: War Zone, The Spectacular Spider-Man.

  • Sword Masters: The Duel of the Century: a Shaw Brothers film.  Liu Yung and Sun Chien team to investigate the martial-art murders of a supposedly mortally wounded swordsman, only to find deception, death, double-dealings, imposters and one deadly duel after another.  I’m very curious about this film it makes me think of The Duel which rocked, plus it’s a Shaw Brothers film which any wuxia fan can appreciate.
  • Ghost Hunters: Season 4, Pt. 2:  they travel from a sanitarium which has placed 911 calls to the police -- but there is no phone in the building! -- to the most haunted ship in the U.S. Navy. Then go to a tavern in a TAPS member's own hometown where customers are heard enjoying a game of pool but the hall is closed and empty, and a home where a small child hears voices and has unexplainable scratches on his body. TAPS even goes to the plantation seen in "Interview with a Vampire" where 35 tourists all witnessed the same paranormal activity at the same instant!
  • Twilight:  I will probably rent this one I love vampire movies but i’m concerned about this one.  Read the full review here Twilight - The Movie.
  • Punisher: War Zone:  I doubt that I will see this movie.  I like Punisher and would love to see a good Punisher movie but I have little hope that this will be one.  Read the full review here Punisher: War Zone Review.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 2:  these are not the show from the 90’s its a 90 minute single disc featuring the rise of the super-villains.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 3:  these are not the show from the 90’s its a 90 minute single disc in which the goblin strikes

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