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Dragonball Evolution

Dragonball Evolution

Yes you are reading this correctly. I went to see Dragonball Evolution and I’m actually stating it publicly. Have you ever known that a movie would be terrible but knew if you got the right group of friends together that it could be decent? Well it worked for Snakes On A Plane so maybe it could work as well. Only problem is that most of the original viewing crew backed out at the last minute. Booooo on them.

Also for the record, I’d like to state that I am not fully knowledgeable of all things Dragonball.  I only  watched Dragonball Z when it was being shown on Cartoon Network and that is apparently a different era of time.  Go figure.

As for the movie, I must state that it was much  better than I had anticipated.  That could be due to the fact that I lowered the bar so low for this movie but it’s always nice when things end up surprising you.

There was limited action for a movie based on an action packed anime cartoon but there was enough (for those that arrive on time. 😉 )  The characters were campy and believable at the same time.  I mean, how realistic can you be with a big green alien fighting a young white kid that should have been played by an asian. Master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat) was probably the best cast character but everyone else  worked well too.  I wasn’t truly happy with the white kid instead of an asian for Goku (Justin Chatwin), but I was able to get over that issue quicker than I thought.  Just think of a younger Keanu Reeves and you’ll be able to picture the look and dialogue for Goku.

Nice to see Jamie Chung of Real World fame getting the part of Chi Chi.  Ummm….I’ve probably already said too much.

Overall, it wasn’t worth the high price to see it on the big screen, but I’m at least up for renting any sequels they make. The rating below is a strong 3 out of 5.

[Rating: 3/5]

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David Bethea Says:
April 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Benjamin, I agree with you about the campiness and attempting to make it believable. I felt (ironically) that Piccolo was the best-done character as they made him about as believable as you can make an evil, green-skinned, alien warrior. The lack of action was probably my chief complaint. Overall, I give it 2 our of 5 stars.

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