December 14, 2018
1 hours and 41 minutes (101 minutes)
Son Goku / Son Goten / Gogeta / Bardock (voice)
Vegeta / Gogeta (voice)
King Vegeta III (voice)
King Cold / Shenron (voice)
King Vegeta's Butler (voice)
Taro / Saiyan (voice)
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine
Screenplay by Akira Toriyama
Goku: Masako Nozawa
Vegeta: Ryō Horikawa
Broly: Bin Shimada
Frieza: Ryūsei Nakao
Paragus: Katsuhisa Hōki
Bulma: Aya Hisakawa
Piccolo: Toshio Furukawa
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Big Event, Bad 3D
on January 26, 2019
First things first, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a movie you need to see on a big screen. It's a quite spectacular show, that's for sure. In my opinion, the best thing in Broly is the sound. Sound impacts are very powerful and immersive and it's just perfect at the movie theater, surrounding by the fandom, dads with sons, for a multi-generational moment.
The first part of the movie is good. Like very good. It starts with an adaptation of the extra manga Dragon Ball Minus with the addition of Broly and Paragus. Yep, another villain recycle. The canon starts to integrate non-canonical characters and it's not very creative.
And that's pretty much it. After that, Team-Toriyama just gives fans what they want and it's usually a bad idea.
During the first hour, the directing is very inspiring and strong. There are 3D effects here and there, but only for objects or sceneries. And then... shit happens. During the fight Goku VS Broly, character starts to be in 3D as well. The staff tries to hide that with a very aggressive directing and everything turns into shit. After a very good hour, the last part of the movie is a mess, makes in a hurry.
No blood, of course. Because everybody knows that showing blood to the new generation will instantly turn children into unstable murderers and rapists.
As usual, Goku, Vegeta, Beerus, Whis and Piccolo are just self-parodies. Toriyama is offering his vision of the character of Broly and... it's ok. I think. I enjoyed some moments with new characters as well as the Cold family and army scenes. Well. Let's say I loved it, because, you know, the first part of the movie is amazing.
For the first time since his birth, Gohan is absent from a Dragon Ball film (Bardock is not a film), as well as Krillin, a super regular character in films as well (with minor exceptions), and that's very sad. Since it's back, writers want us to believe that Dragon Ball is the story of Goku and his side-kick Vegeta. It's not. Dragon Ball is the story of Goku and his friends/family, Saiyans, humans, 3eyes, Namekians, majins... the Z-Team!
At least, writers can't fuck with Gohan if he is not in it, right ?
So, 7/10 for the first part, 3/10 for the last one, it's a 5/10.
on February 18, 2019
I'm really torn up doing a comment on this movie.
The first half made me believed that we had finally a great Dragon Ball movie, and then I started wondering where the character went ? Piccolo is there for... nothing really ? Or rather just to say he is showing up... No Krillin, no Gohan, Tenshinhan and all the rest of the team are nowhere to be found, what happened ? they were all so busy at the exact moment the biggest Ki ever was landing on earth ? Disappointment. They just didn't put them as an easy fix to try to think of a clever idea to integrate them in the story...
The fights are pretty well made until the 3D start to really show up on screen, I guess they had to, to release the movie on time.
Overall it's an enjoyable film, trying not to spoil it is hard >_
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