So there I was… About July of 2018… Casually checking on Reddit for memes… And then… This shows up…
And then the trailer fucking drops… The. Fucking. Best. Trailer. And the above reaction is magnified by 100. And then we have a few more trailers drop, we find out some more information about the content, they’re bringing out remastered versions of older movies…
DRAGON BALL IS BACK, BITCHES!
Oh my fucking God, this is probably one of th… No. It IS the best Dragon Ball Movie ever made. First Broly movie? He was cool… But this movie… Oh fuck me, yes… Well, let’s get to the review!
We begin about 41 years in the past where we’re treated to Toriyama’s official take on how Frieza was placed in charge of King Cold’s empire, and how Planet Vegeta was destroyed. Before the destruction of the planet, King Vegeta discovers a child who has power that dwarfs essentially most of the Saiyans (Including his own son, Prince Vegeta). In an act of concern/jealously, King Vegeta orders the child who we find out is Broly to be sent off-world to a remote planet. Broly’s father, Paragus, discovers this and steals a ship to follow his son. He finds Broly on the planetoid Vampa and vows revenge against King Vegeta.
Bardock, the man we all know as Goku’s Father, finds it odd that Frieza has called back the Saiyans to Planet Vegeta and decides to send his son, Kakarot (Goku) to a planet called Earth. If his suspicions are proved to be false, he will collect his son. Sadly, Bardock’s fears are proven as Frieza destroys the planet and wipes out everyone on it.
We cut to the present time where Goku and Vegeta are training on an island Bulma bought. When questioned by Whis about why they train, Vegeta reveals that he’s training to not beat Goku but to defend the planet from Frieza who is still a viable threat after the Tournament of Power. Goku reveals that the Tournament had his eyes opened to the sheer power of other universes and wants to get stronger.
They’re interrupted by Trunks and Goten who inform them that the Dragon Radar and the six Dragonballs Bulma collected have been stolen. They discover it was Frieza’s henchmen and set out to find the last Dragonball, Bulma memorizing where it is.
In space, two of Frieza’s henchmen, Lemo and Cheelai, are scouting for warriors to recruit into Frieza’s army where they discover an SOS from an old ship. They land on Vampa and after meeting Paragus, are attacked by one of the spider-like creatures on the planet. Paragus simply calls out to his son and Broly instantly takes out the creature. Upon reading his power level, they are taken back to Frieza, who is INCREDIBLY excited to have a Saiyan of his own that could potentially rival Goku and Vegeta.
We learn through interactions between Broly, Lemo, and Cheelai that Broly’s father raised his son as a living weapon and keeps him under control with a shock collar. We also learn that Broly is quite naive and innocent, despite his great power. The green fur Broly wears is the ear of a creature he befriended, but was injured by Paragus as it was playing, not training with Broly. Cheelai confronts Paragus about the way he raised Broly and ends up stealing the remote for the shock collar, giving Broly a sense of freedom.
Back on Earth, the last Dragonball is collected by Frieza’s men and Frieza arrives on Earth. Goku, Vegeta, Whis, and Bulma arrive at the scene and Frieza introduces them to Broly and Paragus…
And this… Ladies and Gentlemen… Is where… Shit. Gets. Real.
Paragus orders Broly to attack, and the first fight is between Broly and Vegeta. Vegeta goes Super Saiyan, something that shocks Broly and Paragus to Frieza’s disappointment as Broly can not turn Super Saiyan himself. Vegeta however discovers that Broly’s power continues to steadily rise as they fight, while Goku is ecstatic that Broly is still in base form holding off a Super Saiyan.
The battle heats up as Vegeta turns…
Fucking Super Saiyan God! And he puts down Broly quickly. However, Broly powers up even more and we learn through Paragus that Broly can use the power of a Great Ape while in Human form.
Broly matches Vegeta’s power, until Goku decides to intervene. The two do battle and Goku discovers that he can’t beat him in base or Super Saiyan, having to resort to Super Saiyan God as well. Despite his best efforts, Broly’s power continues to rise higher and higher, and eventually Goku is over-powered to the point where he needs to power up to Super Saiyan Blue (Yes, I know it’s technically Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, fuck off if you think I’m writing that every time).
And the battle then heavily tilts into Goku’s favour. Paragus, shocked at how powerful Goku is compared to Broly, admits to Frieza that it’s done and they can’t beat the Saiyan. Frieza, remembering Goku’s first transformation to Super Saiyan, emulates that with Broly by killing Paragus and calling out to Broly. Broly, thinking it was a stray blast from his battle, is overcome with grief and rage, turning Super Saiyan.
And then it’s just all Broly. Not even a team up of Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta can dent him. So Goku grabs Vegeta after tricking Broly into attacking Frieza and teleports the duo to Piccolo, who’s been keeping tabs on the fight. Goku decides that they can’t beat Broly as they are and have to use Fusion to beat him. But without Potara Earrings, they’ll have to use the Fusion Dance. Vegeta is mortified about having to do a silly dance to combine, but otherwise learns the move. After two failed attempts, the two successfully fuse into Gogeta and then…
The battle between Gogeta and Broly rages, Gogeta starting in base and then turning Super Saiyan. He and Broly are evenly matched until Broly ascends to Legendary Super Saiyan, Gogeta matching him with Super Saiyan Blue. They continue to clash, Gogeta clearly having the upper hand.
Cheelai and Lemo, watching the entire fight from Frieza’s ship, decide to intervene as they use the Dragonballs to summon Shenron as the fight draws to a climax. Broly has been beaten down severely and Gogeta prepares a Kamehameha as the final blow. Cheelai wishes for Broly to be sent back to the world her grew up on which Shenron grants, sending Broly back just before the beam hits him. Gogeta watches Broly get whisked away by Shenron’s magic and just smiles.
Cheelai and Lemo steal a ship to go after Broly, Frieza attempting to shoot them down, only to be stopped by Gogeta. Frieza, defeated, flees the planet. A few days later, Goku teleports to Broly’s world, giving Broly, Cheelai, and Lemo a house with food and water, courtesy of Bulma. As he leaves, Cheelai asks his name.
“My friends call me Goku. But Broly, you can call me Kakarot.”
And the movie ends.
Oh my fucking God, this is easily the best Dragon Ball movie ever made. It’s still breaking records in the box office for fuck’s sake. But it’s something different from previous Dragon Ball movies that we’ve had before. It had actual character development and a plot that didn’t rely on JUST the fighting.
You see, this movie was somewhat more realistic than the other Dragon Ball movies. The Saiyan Race were not portrayed as this race where EVERYONE was a fighter. There were Saiyans who used weapons instead of energy, working class Saiyans who took inventory for shipments, worked in kitchens, etc. You know, like a normal race of people.
It adds a sense of realism (Which I know is a weird request, given it’s Dragon Ball) which I think adds more to the story. But that’s what I’ll get into the next part.
What I Liked About The Movie
DEFINITELY the sense of realism with the Saiyans. It’s nice to know that they had a working class of Saiyans who weren’t fighters but regular joes. But the one who REALLY steals the show is the development of Broly himself. You see, this is HIS movie, not Goku’s. We see how Broly’s been raised by Paragus, how he was raised as a weapon, not as a person. He’s never even drank water before, never seen packaged food, he’s literally been raised like an animal. And we see, despite Paragus’ abuse of Broly, Broly is still a kind and naive person.
The green fur he wears? That was from a large dog-like creature on his world that he befriended. The only friend he had, before Paragus shot it’s ear off. That’s what the green thing is. It’s fucking ear. He wears it as a reminder of his only friend. That shit is fucking deep. It’s way better than the original Broly who was just pissed that Goku cried a lot… To put it in Team Four Star’s Vegeta’s words: That’s dumb… But he’s so cool… BUT THAT’S SO DUMB!
And when Broly snaps and goes all out against Goku and Vegeta, we can see that King Vegeta was right in that Broly’s power when on a rampage could destroy everything. The entire fight, I wanted the heroes to win of course… But I didn’t want Broly to die. He didn’t deserve it, and when he was wished away, I was grateful for it. We have a powerful adversary for potential future movies/series now. One that we’ve seen be developed.
Moving on, the fight scenes in this movie are simply amazing. I’ll post some here that I was able to find online to give you a taste before I continue:
Oh my fucking god, the fight scenes were absolutely amazing! I believe they had 4 main animators for the fights, 1 for Broly vs Vegeta, 1 for Goku (Base – SSG) vs Broly, 1 for SSB Goku vs Broly, and 1 for Gogeta vs Broly. While it’s clear to see the difference in the animators between the fights, it’s a very well animated fight overall.
The soundtrack was absolutely amazing as well. Some faults, which I’ll cover later, but overall a good soundtrack. My personal favourite tunes were:
- Bardock Falls
- Broly’s Rage and Sorrow
- Full Force Kamehameha
But the biggest thing that I loved about the movie was the fact that Gogeta and Broly are now OFFICIALLY part of the Dragon Ball Story!!!
“But wait, I thought they already were?”
NOPE! The Legendary Super Saiyan movie as well as Fusion Reborn are NOT canon to the main story of Dragon Ball. In fact, all the DBZ Movies before Battle of Gods were not canon. So Broly and Gogeta leading up to this movie were also not canon. Oh they were featured in games and such… But were never officially part of the story.
What Didn’t I Like About The Movie
Now, while I love this movie… There are SOME things that I felt were a bit… Eh.
I’ve never been a fan of Akira Toriyama’s satirical side when it comes to Dragon Ball and to be honest, the movie isn’t an exception. We find out that Bulma wanted the Dragonballs because she wants to make herself 5 years younger, without making it obvious. Frieza wants the Dragonballs because he wants to be 5 centimeters taller, without making it obvious. I mean… Bulma’s one I get because she is a somewhat vain character when it comes to looks. But Frieza?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy he didn’t want immortality. But dude… Just… Toriyama needs to stop with this satire stuff when it comes to movies like this. I don’t mind it here and there as comic relief, but not as a plot point for a character.
The fight scenes and music, while epic, honestly were ruined by someone who was yelling out like a UFC Announcer during the fight.
“GO BROLY GO GO!”
“GO BROLY! GO BROLY! GO BROLY, COME ON BROLY!”
Dude. Chill the fuck out and let me watch this. I don’t need you to try to hype up the fights more than they already are. I know it sounds trivial, but for me, it’s distracting as hell.
Otherwise, not much else to really comment on when it comes to disliking.
While Dragon Ball Super was successful enough to bring us this movie, this movie is WHOLE other level. It is, in my opinion, the best Dragon Ball movie to date. So it comes as no surprise what my verdict will be.
9.5/10 – Easily the best movie in the entire franchise