‘Dragonball Evolution’ – A Fractured Movie Review

by on February 4, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

I finally had the chance to watch the movie Dragonball Evolution.  It was interesting to see the interpretation of the  Dragonball characters be brought to life, but they had a lot to live up to.  And living up to an animated series and its limitless physics and wild hairstyles is quite the artistic challenge that they missed the mark on with this movie.

'Dragonball Evolution' movie poster

Dragonball Evolution was directed by James Wong (Final Destination, The One, on TV: The X-Files, The Event) and was based on the graphic novels, but you had to know that many would compare it to the series.  I caught every single episode of Dragonball Z and that was my baseline for watching.

Justin Chatwin played the choppy haired Goku; Yun-Fat Chow – the quirky Master Roshi, Emmy Rossum (Bulma), Jamie Chung (Chi Chi) and James Marsters, completely unrecognizable as Lord Piccolo.  Maybe just as well.

I think the younger generation would enjoy this movie and then when they encounter the animated series, will be completely blown away by it.

Editing was a bit choppy as action or developments just jumped to the conclusion of the moment.  I can’t put my finger on it but there was something lacking in the delivery of the movie.  There were scenes that should have emanated the power and energy that was happening in the scene, but it just never made off the screen to my imagination.

It wasn’t a horrible movie but I can’t say to anyone to go out of their way to see it.  I’m glad I didn’t head out to the theater to see this movie though.  I try to spend wisely.

If I were to rate the movie, I’d say that Dragonball Evolution would be a great movie to bring up at 2am in the morning.  (Trust me, there are some that don’t even qual for that!)

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Tapion February 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

You can check out http://www.dblegends.com for all the latest news on this movie and its sequels.

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