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Plot: The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.
Runtime: 85 mins Release Date: 10 Apr 2009
This is a Great movie!! People have to remember that this is an adaptation of the original. They called Dragonball Evolution because it is an advanced version of Dragonball. People say that Goku's saiyan heritage wasn't explained well in the film, which is why they will explain it in the sequels. Many fans say that the movie is nothing like the manga and anime. The similarities are painfully obvious, and there are many similarities I'm not going to list them, but their are a lot . Many fans did not like this movie because of the same reasons. Goku is in High school, The story is <more>
different, the characters look different, etc. It's always the same thing. All you guys have to stop complaining. Change is necessary for a good adaptation. For example, the X-men movies, the Spiderman movies, Batman movies, Ironman, and Transformers were all different from their original versions, and look how they turned out!In conclusion, this is one hell of a movie! I Recommend it to Action fans, sci-fi fans , fantasy fans, or anyone who just wants to watch a fun and exiting movie!
This movie is just plain amazing. I will now tell you why. Warning Spoilers!Good Things:The movie opens up with the line: "First rule, their are no rules" The first shot is gokus eyes....sweat beating down his face.... with kick ass music in the background THIS OPENING SCENE KICKS ASS!All the acting is amazingly true to the novel. The effects are unique and masterful. The story remains true to the novel as much as possible besides high school. Fast paced.Bad things:Wirework isn't the best ever. But I personally didn't mind that Goku though Justin acted exactly like him. <more>
Wasn't written to well. Oozaru wasn't amazing.but besides those three things the movie just rocked!
Underrated very faithful adaptation of Manga/comic (by jms_girouard)
The film was a very good book/cartoon/ to Live/action adaptation. Starting off, the point of the name of the film "evolution" means basically a step up from it being a straight adaptation of the kids cartoon show towards making it more for a younger/teen audience hence "Goku in high school" The beginning of the film has such a Dragonball feel to it when you see Goku with the sweat dropping from his face and then giving the signature "Goku" look in the cartoon. The scene also is very "cartoonish" too with Grandpa Gohan's lines "prepare to eat <more>
dirt!" and the fighting is also very impressive even having a very "dragonball" feel it to as well. Justin Chatwin has such the face of Goku it's not even funny as does James Marsters with the face of Piccolo hence perfect casting choice for the both of them. I could say more about how they gave tribute to the cartoon and Manga too! listed below . However there could have been much more fighting with Goku and Piccolo. The most impressive thing to me was the look and feel of the Dragonball world they created for the film that really matched or gave tribute to the cartoon and Manga..There definitely is more and I'll add more when I watch it again. The film even played like watching a full-length episode on the TV!!..The film also had a very beautiful and impressive score that had a feel of "hope" and "faith" when watching it. Even the film had a great Buddhist message in it too matching the Manga/cartoon.. "In order to become One, I must be two" In order to become "One with your soul" you must become One with the Divine "Yin-Yang" The Divine Mother and Father "Creator" of the Universe. By becoming "ONE" with them you transcend the opposites of the your soul and are now born again in them as now a "Buddha child" of the Divine. The creator of the Manga and cartoon Akira Toriyama created it with this Buddhist principle and message since he really has a great admiration and respect to the religion of Buddhism..Definitely a great message for children to have great faith to overcome all evils of the world and follow God and become "pure" and "holy" in Him and remain "ONE" in Him as His Child of Divine Love..Here are more of things the filmmakers did to tribute to Manga/cartoon1. Master Roshi's home being on an island in the city tributing the cartoon of it being on a island in the ocean2. Piccolo's ship hover-craft 3. The World Martial Arts Tournament4. The signature "Goku" look Justin Chatwin makes in the one scene in the beginning5. The fight scene in the beginning having a very Dragonball feel with Goku and Gohan fighting and balancing on two ropes6. Gohan being taught by Roshi7. Roshi teaching Goku about his powers8. Yamcha being a Desert Raider9. Bulma's hair and her working for her father "Capsule Corporation"10. Capsule Corporation11. Bulma's magic capsule pill device 12. 7 Dragonballs gives the beholder one "perfect" wish from Shenron 13. Dragonballs created by 7 Mystics to keep world in balance and at peace symbolizing how "Kami" created them for the same purpose14. The look of the Dragonball world created in the film looking very similar to the cartoon and comic 15. Piccolo creating minions to help him get Dragonballs 16. Goku becoming Ozaru when moon is full17. Goku using Kamehameha 18. Piccolo searching for the Dragonball by destroying cities19. Goku having a relationship with Chi-chi 20. Rice-Cooker Evil containment wave21. Goku eating more than regular people22. Goku's hair23. Both Piccolo and Goku Saiyans coming from another world who wrecked destruction on Earth and other planets long ago 24. Goku's Supernatural Powers "Qi" 25. Bulma's Radar Device 26. Goku's Grandpa teaching him about his powers27. Goku coming from another planet and being raised by his Grandfather28. Sufi Norris "Master Mutaito" 1st using Evil Containment Wave to trap Piccolo in Rice cooker "Master Mutaito" 29. The end climax scene with Roshi using concealment wave on Piccolo trying to trap him in the rice cooker30. The volcano scene with Goku trying to find one of the Dragonballs tributing how Goku in the Manga searched dangerous places to find it too31. Mai being Piccolo's servant who helps him try to find Dragonballs32. The Dragon Temple to try to summon/awaken Shenron with the 7 Dragonballs33. Gohan speaking to Goku in the Spirit trying to warn him and fight Piccolo using his Qi..tributing Kami and the good gods of the Spirit world guiding Goku and helping him become a warrior throughout DB and DBZ34. Goku in signature uniform fighting Piccolo at the end and defeating him with the most powerful Dragonball move from the Manga/cartoon and using the phrase "Kamehameha" 35. Paozu City tributing Mount Paozu where Gohan raised Goku36. 7 Mystics tributing "Kami" and Master Mutaito 1st using the Evil Containment Wave "Mafuba" to contain/seal Piccolo in rice cookie thousands of years ago37. Roshi liking "Hot" girls 38. Roshi dying after using Mafuba on Piccolo39. The Stone Temple tributing Orin Temple40. Goku carrying heavy weight to become stronger while Roshi teaching himIf you think they didn't tribute or weren't faithful to the cartoon "King Piccolo Saga" then after reading this hopefully you changed your mind.
I have talked to Japanese people who liked the movie. Basically people who hate this are people who did not want it to be made in the first place or people who have there heads up there own buts,who think they know everything. Come on some of the stuff in dragonball will not transfer onto the big screen without looking annoying and cheesy if you want that just watch the anime. The story in this was pretty good except for a few parts oozaru did not need to be in there because it was pointless,the high school part lasted like 4 minutes all in and even though it was funny because goku acted dumb <more>
even in school and when he beat up people it was gokuish and comical as well but it was pointless and there was no need for it.Piccolo and yamucha did not have enough face time and it had the most anti climactic ending ever it led up to a huge fight then just ended really bad but the kamehameha was well cool. OK i don't know if this is a spoiler or not but the end lasted for like 3 minutes all in and even though it followed the basic storyline could have had a better fight they punched each other like twice then blasted each other a few times. The characters were great i loved everyone of them i don't care what people say they all acted great. But the movie was too short that was foxs fault cos they cut out a lot of scenes which made it look choppy and left a few plot holes but even though they could have left in some scenes they cut out the parts we all hated like the 7 mystics part and goku infamous line 'im not ready for this' it was a good movie all in maybe some bits were stupid but it was fun and it did have a dragonball feel.
The Effect was Horrible. The Acting is Good!! (by fadz_scorpio14)
i love Dragon ball since i was a little boy!!Now there make it real in live action film. First things i though in my head, can they really make this movie.??After i finish watch this movie at cinema i found that this movie is a Blast!! But the effect was horrible!! by the way i love Goku, Bulma and Chi Chi. Their acting was good!! i Love Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum and Jaime Chung!! They really perfect for their role!!For those who Just want to enjoy and relaxing at cinema i suggest u to see this movie!! i laugh every time i see at funny part!! But I know some of you did not like this movie!! <more>
No matter what are you saying to this movie, i will still love it!!
I have just seen the Movie in Aus and I found the movie OK. From everything I heard I went in thinking this would be a movie as if Disney made it. Whether or not you think the movie should have been made this way dose not really matter it's the way it is so deal with it. It's a silly fun kid's movie, however bad some people may say the movie is most will agree the CGI in a lot of the movie is pretty good and shows promise. Sometimes the Acting was silly I did not like it when Goku started talking slow at a few points in the movie it made him sound stupid. Before you go to this <more>
movie please remember a few things. 1. Its PG not M or R so there is not a lot of strong violence in it. 2. it's taken from Dragon Ball not Dragon ball Z. Also to add it's not a copy of the comic it a different version with similar characters from the Cartoon. Like the first Xmen movie. I suggest you see the movie if only to bring up the figures so we can get a second movie and get to the good part of Dragon ball Vegeta.REMEMBER!! This movie is a "silly fun kid's movie" not a copy of the comic, books and some TV shows are always better than movies as movies are restricted on time and you can't not develop the story as much. Go to the movie and have fun, don't worry about how good or bad you think the movie may be.
Not the best movie but not worse either (by asim_ali-101)
I have been waiting to watch this movie since I heard that 20th century fox were making this it.I didn't really care about who they cast in the movie or who was directing the movie, all I really cared about was that this movie should not be disappointing and after seeing the movie for myself and not judging it by what other people have said in their reviews I can say it's a wicked movie.There are some points in the movie that I can say need to be redone but overall the story was catchy and the action even if it was short it was good. The most disappointing thing about the film was the <more>
misuse of the oozaru and the short timing of the end battle between goku and piccolo.Overall the movie was good and it kept me entertained and still I think it was worth the wait the movie soundtracks and music are excellent and I think the cast did a pretty good job playing their characters, the best performance has to be Chow Yun Fat, he did a awesome job as master roshi and roshi kept me laughing quite a bit and also Joon Park did a wicked job as Yamcha, he sounds just like the cartoon character which was amazing. Justin Chatwin try to do his best as goku and he did make me laugh a bit but he was just too serious and the Goku I know is funny and carefree.Emmy Rossum and Jamie Chung were good as Bulma and Chi - Chi and James Marster made a wicked piccolo but his time in the movie was short and kind of reminded me of Vemon's amount of time in spider-man 3 but piccolo was another good thing about the movie.This movie is not going to be the best movie of the year or win any Oscars but it's still fun to watch and enjoyable and I seriously recommend this movie to true dragonball fans who actually know the meaning of adaptation and don't mind a bit of change in something you liked for years.My rating 8 out of 10
Flag waving ignorant geeks, waving their hate flags around (by espunier)
When the first notice was heard that a movie was going to be made based on the DragonBall franchise, everybody started saying things like their childhood was going to be destroyed, that there couldn't be a good movie based on it, that oh my god Gokuh is not Asian, etc. And when the first images and info were leaked, people just couldn't believe their eyes, that Gokuh was on High School when he was supposed to be a child, that he has no tail, that casting was plain wrong, and that Gokuh's hair was a failure if compared to the manga/anime's, therefore movie was faeces.Seriously, <more>
how can ANYBODY dare post a comment like that based on the hair of character of a movie that has no had any kind of official nothing released? If you don't know what I am talking about, I am talking about the picture of Gokuh with a backpack in a parking lot, the first image leaked I am saying this because I have read MANY comments like this, and I don't mean written by any stupid basement dweller blogging around, I have read these on truthful, reliable movie blogs spanish blogs, I have to say , sources of information that are not supposed to take a side on anything, just inform with a little degree of subjectivity.And yet, people do not stop bashing their heads on the keyboard and see that the original DB manga/anime was not that good. We deem it good because we saw it through a child's eyes, we saw people flying around, shouting, throwing energy balls with their bare hands, GOD which was a green alien and those things that fit so well in the real world we live in.Anyway, there cannot be such a thing as a faithful DB movie. The original manga tells the story of an alien kid with a tail that becomes a huge monkey when full moon shines,rides a cloud and waves a stick that can become longer or shorter at command, is taught martial arts by an old man, has a friend with no nose, a friend who is afraid of women, a flying blue shape-shifting ¿cat?, a talking pig, and has to find 7 dragon balls to summon a dragon that will grant him one wish. I have to remind you geeks around the world who hate this movie, that the talking pig asks the dragon for some knickers, and oh my,the dragon gives him those knickers.Now imagine this on a cinema screen with real people. OH MY GOD it cannot be made, leave my childhood alone. Cluck you. Cinema is a business that can and does earn MILLIONS of dollars basing the scripts of their movies on things that already exist, whether these things are anime, manga, TV series, books, short stories, other movies. So if there can be a DB movie, there will be a DB movie.They had to change things from the original, of course they had, everything would have looked plain stupid otherwise.Gokuh is on HighSchool as his son was in high school in DBZ right before the BuBu saga . And he is older because if you don't have a GOOD script and I am thinking about AI, by Steven Spielberg and the main character is a kid, your movie will be FOR kids. Who the cluck wants to see a kid doing stuff anyway?I have seen all the videos that there are around on the internet, and of course, people complain about action and humor and acting and everything, without regarding the original source, which was and is full of slapstick humor, and they complain about this very fact, arguing that if they change something, they should change it for good, this is, if they try to give it a more familiar and "adult" look, they should completely reject humor parts.I will make a FULL review WHEN I SEE THE MOVIE, I don't have my expectations high because I know EXACTLY what I am going to see, that is, a good dose of action, kicks, energy balls and entertainment. Yes, entertainment. Because entertainment is what the movies are for.And to finish, I have to say I grew up watching Dragon Ball and DBZ, and I was a really big fan, but hey, I grew out of it. I didn't like at all the first DB, I preferred DBZ much much better. And for those people that say that the final confrontation in the movie should be like the one between Neo and Agent Smith on MAtrix Revolutions...I simply have to say that in the Manga Gokuh cannot fly YET, mostly because he has not trained enough why would he move around on a cloud if he could fly? . And I don't think that in the introduction movie of a saga oh yes, I do hope they do more, usually sequels of "hero" movies are better than the first installments, suck on that the main character will learn how to pull Kame Hame's, fly and fight, since all these three things are supposed to take a little training.
Parts a little Corny but it's not as bad as others (by bsolmon89)
Okay first of all, I have to say that for thee $45million budget, they did a great job on the Special effects.Now as far as the cast, I personally think that Justin Chatwin was perfect. I looked on some sites and it seems that some people were saying that either Sean Faris or tom welling should play Goku. Sean Faris? Really? I don't think so. Now Tom Welling could very well do it however I think the hair would look out of place a bit and looking at him, he seem limber enough to do all the things that Goku is supposed to be able to do and yet he does have a strong-looking physique. <more>
Welling, doesn't seem to limber. Those are the 2 that I have found to actually look like Goku also.Some people are really mad at the fact that only a couple members of the cast are Asian. Well, as far as Goku, read the above paragraph. I haven't found anyone who is Asian that seemed to look like him. Send me a message of someone if you do. I think that it was more important to have the main character look the main character then trying to find someone who is Asian who doesn't. Chi-chi is think is perfect. Bulma, not so much. I think they could have found someone better for her. They could have gotten someone who would die their hair.Okay it's getting long now, Overall, I like this movie. There are some points where it get's pretty corny but what remake of a cartoon isn't at least a smidge corny. I think that if you never watched an episode of the show, you would enjoy it. I have seen about 2 episodes. That may be the reason why I like it. IF you watched it everyday as a kid, then you probably have something to say that you hate about it.