Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
Master Roshi: “Now the signs have appeared again, the evil has returned.”
If you were like me, wishing for an Americanized, Live-Action DBZ film that stars some talented American Actors to portray Japanese characters, then I’m sure you feel as I do, excited and grateful that this film will forever be the best fan service any fan of the series can ask for. If you weren’t a fan of the series, no worries, there is plenty to enjoy otherwise.
Lord Piccolo: “With this Dragon Ball, I take my vengeance... upon the Earth.”
What I appreciate most is the casting director that picked these individuals to play these beloved Japanese Characters from my childhood. Goku for an example: I couldn’t have visioned anyone else other than Justin Chatwin to play the most iconic character in Japanese Anime history. He looks and plays the legendary character flawlessly. Not sure why he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. I also loved the makeup for Piccolo. Not once did I question his character design, it’s like he came straight out of an episode into reality.
Lord Piccolo: ”Human power has failed before...”
Secondly, I adored how this film stays true to the source material. Not once did I scratch my head thinking something didn’t belong in this universe. The dedication to stay faithful to the franchise has my full gratification. Excellent work to the whole crew for pulling off such a tough task just to please us fanboys. Bravo!
Carey Fuller: “Did you just fart, man? 'Cause I swear I could have swore I just heard something.”
Lastly, the perfected choreographed fight scenes and the general idea to create this. Not once did I question on whether this was a desperate attempt to cash grab off a highly successful show. This film is clearly dedicated to the fans and it shows.
Yamcha: “Ow, my balls!”
With all that said, I’m not sure why this film is so underrated and hated on. Name a better Live-Action DBZ film... I’ll wait... forever... hopefully... please... don’t make another one... ever...
Me: “In an ancient time, Earth was nearly destroyed. Not by man, but by... releasing this film.”
April Fools everyone. I honestly gave this film a watch, in case anyone is wondering. After many attempts over the course of years since its release, I finally completed it. Will definitely change the rating tomorrow to a half star. Just wish letterboxd had a negative rating.