I got early access to this movie so I figured I would watch it. Now to be honest I am not that big of a fan of Dragon Ball Z but I should explain that I was exposed to Dragon Ball Z when it was on TV. This movie dooes so much better at telling the story than the tv show.
If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z then most likely you know what this movie is about but if not here is a quick synopsis. One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza’s army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.
So yes you get the return of Frieza. Now normally I would rather them develop a new character that to resurrect an old one. For the most part this brings a level of familiarity to the movie. I would consider myself a very casual fan having watched maybe a dozen episode at best of the tv series. Still this film was easy access to someone like me that had limited experience with the series. I knew enough about Frieza to know he was a bad guy and I knew that the Saiyans were the only hope to defeat him. Granted a lot of things with the powers of the Saiyans was lost on me but all in all I was able to pick right up with this story.
Speaking of the story it was better than I expected. The grunting was limited, one of my main complaints about the tv series. I remember an episode that was mostly grunting for 20 minutes that included the this time on Dragon Ball Z and the next time on Dragon Ball Z sections of the episode. The story following the resurrection of Frieza was good, the fight scenes were also well done though I enjoyed the massive battle more than the final battle. The animation is what you would expect from this series, which is fine.
Overall I enjoyed this more than I ever would have expected. It held my attention and I actually think that I may watch it again once it comes out on dvd. As far as watching it in theaters, well I don’t think I would go that far. I enjoyed it but not enough that I would invest going to the theater to watch. I will save that experience for those that are fans. I have not seen any of the other movies done with these characters so I really don’t have anything to compare it to. I just can say that I enjoyed it and plan to watch it again in the future. If nothing else it has made me want to watch the other movies and I might even give the series a try again.
Rating 4 out of 5