|Goku sets out on a race against time in order to fulfil his grandfather’s dying wish. He must collect a set of seven magical orbs before the vengeful King Piccolo can misuse them.|
Apparently, this is #40 and I’ve picked the movie the internet loves to hate!
I guess the point is to find the Dragon Balls so that Goku can stop the bad guy from destroying the world. I don’t remember enough about Dragon Ball Z to hate this movie as much as people seem to.
I thought it was fun! Perfect background noise. It was cheesy and a little over the top, but enough to keep me entertained.
I did wonder about Justin Chatwin as Goku…they couldn’t find any decent Asian actors? Or, I’m guessing they felt like they needed a white male lead to get the asses in the seats. Who knows. Either way, I agree that he was miscast. He was giving me Freddie Prinze Jr teen heartthrob wannabe vibes when he probably should have been doing something else. In the beginning, he beats up a bunch of bullies, but he was kind of a jerk too? Are we supposed to root for him?
The special effects…well, they leave a lot to be desired, particularly the fight scenes. All of the flipping and cartwheels always look cooler when animated. In the film, it’s obvious they have them wired up.
There were some scenes that didn’t make much sense. At one point, our core group of characters are run off the road by a thief who set up a trap – a hole in the ground. They spend so long in the hole that it’s nighttime when one of them leaps out of it, easy as pie. Was there a reason why he waited to free himself? We’ll never know.
We also get some teen romance thrown in there and it was nice. I suppose that’s what the criticism is – in order to cram everything into the film, nothing really happens. It’s very by the numbers with a lot of exposition.
That being said, I kind of want to watch the Dragon Ball Z show now (if only I could get into anime!). I doubt that was the creator’s intention, but hey, you win some, and you lose some.