Greetings fellow movie goers from around the globe. Today’s article is an anime film based on a beloved franchise known as “Dragon Ball Z” (DBZ for short) I am a huge fan of DBZ since it aired on Toonami back when Cartoon Network was at its peak. I even played DBZ related video games including the Budokai series, Budokai Tenkaichi series, Xenoverse and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Besides playing games and watching the show, I also watched some movies based on DBZ like “Bardock: “The Father Of Goku, (my personal favorite) “The Tree Of Might,” “Cooler’s Revenge,” “The Return Of Cooler” & “The History Of Trunks.”
“Dragon Ball Super” continues Goku & Vegeta’s further adventures as the pair want to push their power into unlimited potential under the tutelage of Beerus. During their training, they encounter Frieza’s return, participate in a tournament facing opponents from various universes and Goku himself fighting a different version of himself known as Goku Black. Dragon Ball Super spawned movies including “Battle Of Gods,” “Resurrection F” & “Broly.”
Dragon Ball Super: Broly was released in 2018 and later released in America in 2019. It received positive reviews from critics, fans and movie goers alike. In addition to good reception, it also made enough revenue at the box office.
Now that “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” is officially out on PS4 & Xbox One, I would like to share my thoughts on what’s good or bad about Dragon Ball Super Broly.
Today’s review doesn’t contain any potential SPOILERS. Some SPOILERS from Dragon Ball Super will be mentioned if you’re not caught up so read at your own risk. Is Broly a decent entry to the Dragon Ball Z franchise or a disastrous flop next to “Dragon Ball Evolution?” Let’s find out, shall we?
Strong & Weak Elements
Strong: English Voice Actors from Funimation such as Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Chris Ayres, Monica Rial, Jason Douglas, Ian Sinclair & Sonny Strait all reprise their roles and did a fantastic job for their respective voiceover performances.
Animation is extremely gorgeous bringing every single detail to life. Still breathtaking than Tom Hooper’s “Cats.”
Action Sequences were filled with high octane adrenaline showcasing fast paced battles with our main leads beating the crud outta Broly.
Series creator Akira Toriyama was involved in the film’s production writing the script.
Character Development involving Broly. Unlike Goku & Vegeta, Broly is fleshed out as the main protagonist, rather than an unstoppable killing machine from previous incarnations. I think this new take on Broly was interesting.
Humor from the show retains Goku & Vegeta’s bickering, hilarious dialogue between a few characters among a few good ones.
Soundtrack was pretty cool to hear the main characters in combat.
In case you haven’t notice, Frieza is back after coming back from the dead participating in The Universal Tournament. He heavily factors in Broly’s origin story.
My favorite line that got me laughing is “What in the name of the multiverse is going on.” I have to give this line an Extra Point.
If you have a keen eye, familiar faces from the show return in cameo appearances.
Broly’s backstory is explored in the first act prior to the events of Dragon Ball Super. His past is rewritten to make him three dimensional.
The Third Act was extremely satisfying. I can’t tell you all about it. You’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Weak: One thing that bothered me is rewriting Bardock (my favorite DBZ character) story arc as detailed in “Bardock: The Father Of Goku.” It’s a shame, his character development from his solo movie was discarded in favor of a canonical backstory tied to Broly’s origins. To quote Marlon Brando in “The Godfather,” “Look how they massacred my boy!”
The Final Verdict: A-
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a decent entry to the Dragon Ball series. If Bardock’s background wasn’t heavily rewritten, I would’ve given the film an A, FOR APEX. If you’re excited to play Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, I highly recommend watching Broly. I am relieved Broly wasn’t as waste of potential as in that god awful Dragon Ball Evolution. A sequel to Dragon Ball Super: Broly is currently in development. Who knows what story Akira Toriyama and crew are coming up with? Will have to wait patiently.