Knowing that there are increasingly powerful forces in the universe that he has yet to encounter, Goku spends all of his time training to achieve even greater strength. But, one fateful day a mysterious new Saiyan appears before Goku and Vegeta: Broly. How can a Saiyan—a member of the proud warrior race that was completely annihilated after the destruction of Planet Vegeta—appear here on Earth? With Frieza’s return from hell, a fierce battle awaits the three mighty Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies.
Spectacular indeed ! After the pitiful Battle of Gods, and the eyerolling Resurrection F, Dragon Ball Super finally gives life to the best movie in the Dragon Ball franchise. To say this is surprising is quite an understatement.I've always been a fan of the original Broly movie and its evil, unredeemable incarnation of the Legendary Super Saiyan. But after seeing Toriyama's canon interpretation, I can confidently say that I love his version even better. Classic Broly was a sadistic and uncontrollable killing machine. Canon Broly is an abused child who grew up to become an untamed animal of immmense power. Both are fascinating in their own rights.I was most impressed by the first two acts. Seeing Goku's mother and her emotional parting with her son, seeing Freeza's rise to power and what ultimately led him to destroying planet Vegeta, the beginnings of young Broly, his unlikely friendship with Cheelai and Lemo, etc. An hour of genuinely compelling storytelling goes by before we get to the big shodown and the plot becomes evidently more predictable. I must say I did enjoy the fact that instead of a rushed 45-minute OVA, or the comedy borefest that was Battle of Gods, we got a real movie with actual character development, whick took its time staging the epic confrontation between the three Saiyans. It's been said before, and it is true: this is Broly's movie, yes, but also Freeza's. The movie revolves around the villain's evil manipulations of the Saiyans and Broly's resulting out of control reactions. The fight itself does not disappoint. My jaw hit the floor times and times again, looking at the magnificent fluidity and intensity of the exchanges. As a matter of fact, it is undeniably the pinnacle of Dragon Ball fighting. Yes, there is some use of CGI but I did not personally find it to be distracting. If anything, it added to the "wow!" factor especially when used for lighting / energy effects. Broly is brutal as ever and it was exhilarating to see him deal with Goku's base god form. Call me a meanie but seeing Goku's distress as he was being slammed like a puppet was hilarious and a great throwback to 1993. I also loved the fact it was made obvious Broly is stronger than both Goku and Vegeta in their post-Tournament of Power state. Once ascended to Super Saiyan, Broly wipes the floor with both of them before unleashing his rage on this piece of **** Freeza who had it coming. The music during the battle was also grandiose, although at first I was not a fan of the weird name shouts. Since then, the war-like chanting has grown on me. I can see what they tried to do with it, and it certainly is original. If you pay attention, you will notice it integrates well with the score, becoming almost like some type of percussion. As amazing as the film was, it was not perfect and I have two complaints. First, Broly did not spend enough time in his trademark green hair appearance and once he did reach it, he was utterly dominated by the his final opponent. That was disappointing to say the least. Secondly, I was hoping we would get to see Ultra Instinct Goku vs. Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. This would have been the battle to end all Dragon Ball battles. Sadly, we got the irritating, grossly overpowered Gogeta and his rainbow magic. Cheap and lame. Then again I have always despised this fusion thing, which is essentially a cheat card to end the threat and let the movie finish. Plus, fusion characters are always antipathetic. Gogeta's cockiness got on my nerves as soon as he opened his mouth. And that is why I cannot bring myself to give this a perfect score. It was a near-perfect experience but the fusion thing always makes me cringe. Let me reiterate though that this is easily the best Dragon Ball movie ever made... by a very wide margin. Let us appreciate this, and rejoice. Thank you, Toriyama-san !
I wasn't looking forward to this movie at all. After all that travesty Dragon Ball Super left a lot of bitter taste. Not to speak of Dragon Ball movies in general, which were subpar addition to the series, except the Future Trunk movie. However I have to say compared to the old Broly movie, this one is way better in every regard. I would argue it's even better than the Dragon Ball Super itself. You should watch it if you like either of those previously mentioned you're, I dare to say, guaranteed to have a good time. Following review contains some spoilers after this point. The story has been improved a lot from the Old Broly. The backstory is different and it’s undeniably way better. It was done really well, it establishes revenge motivation of the Broly’s father towards King Vegeta and Vegeta way better than the old Broly movie ever did. There is also throwback to Goku’s father and his mother, but it’s in disregard to the Bardock’s short story. It was ok. I didn’t care that much about it. After backstory arc, there is kind of introduction arc, that establishes additional characters and circumstances for the present time conflict. There is this funny moment in spirit of the first Dragonball, with Bulma and Freeza collecting Dragon Balls for petty desires. On that note I really liked Freeza in this movie, unlike in the Dragon Ball Super, he grow wise and embraces more a role of evil mastermind. He didn’t gave up his evil schemes, but he is going differently about how to achieve his goals. Surprisingly we get rather unusually sympathetic members of “Freeza’s new army”, who discover Broly and his father. They also become friends with Broly, who is obedient to his father, who treats him more like dangerous weapon. Obviously they joined just to get a good job … under an evil galactic overlord. One of them was an alien girl, who was kind into Broly. I’m shipping them. It was a nice change of pace. There is not that much of that thing in the Dragon Ball. Freeza, the only true villain in the movie, uses Broly and his father to get Goku and Vegeta. That is basically it, it’s just about this one long fight between Broly, Goku, Vegeta and Freeza. It’s the reason, why I’m not giving higher score the story, because the main plot is just for this fight, there is nothing more to the story. The end is nice, happy end. For a fan service Dragon Ball fight movie is pretty good. The writer was so clever to disregard all useless characters from the past e.g. Kuririn. The Focus is on Goku and Vegeta. As a movie in general there is nothing else to it than this. After watching the Dragon Ball Super series, I stand still behind my evaluation, that the Dragon Ball Super has poor animation. Even if it’s been somewhat fixed in the second half of that series. This movie does good job on animation during fights including … cough …. CGI … cough. Honestly, I would argue it is better than Dragon Ball Super series. Music I don’t know. I don’t care. It’s ok. Overall it’s one of the best Dragon Ball movies, if not the best one. However saying that it doesn’t make it an exceptional movie.
Before this review, I just want to say that I have seen all of the old and new Dragon Ball movies, this one I think being a clear success compared to the others. The only other animated works of DB that I think were successful were the Bardock and the Trunks OVAs, and for good reason. They were focused on the character development during those story bits, and that's what allowed it to work so well. When there are parts in the series that are about fights and conflict, its anime projects like this that turn out to be a nice surprise. Story- Pretty simple and straight to the point, the dragonballs, which are being collected by Goku's group and Frieza's group, lead up to a confrontation between Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. The beginning part of the movie does a good job of reintroducing Broly to the Dragon Ball Super storyline. I think they did a good job making Broly look like a tragic character, and given how the movie ends, I feel pretty good about any future storylines with DB Super, even more so knowing that Broly will be coming back. Animation- This has got to be one of the best animations for Dragon Ball period! All of the scale and the destruction during the fight. They do use some CGI but it looks okay for the most part. Toei does pretty well with animation if they're focused on a film, but they can get pretty lazy when it comes to long running series, but I won't get into specifics. The important thing is that they did the Broly movie justice and that's what matters. Sound- The sound for the most part is done pretty well. There are even themes for the characters that sound pretty gnarly. Toei is known for recycling their sound effects, but the movie did pretty well in that category too. Characters- Now the focus of the movie is all about reintroducing Broly directly to the series again. And that means revamping his backstory to do his character justice. Like in the original film King Vegeta deems Broly a threat and tries to get rid of him by sending him to a planet of monsters. Unlike the original Broly, the new Broly is much sympathetic, and personality wise, they've added to him. And now its looking like there will be a friendly rivalry between Goku and Broly now. Overall- I am pretty much happy with how the film turned out. Overall, the new Broly film easily beats the old Broly film. It may be darker, but that in no way means that its better story wise, that I assure you. To all the DB fans, a good film, and may there be more in the future!
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