10/21/2015

HBM Reviews: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

"This is going to be quite the epic battle, my old nemesis."
In 2013, after over a decade, we got a new Dragon Ball Z movie, Battle of Gods. The movie took place between the final battle with Kid Buu and Goku's fight with Uub at the World Tournament, and dealt with the God of Destruction, Beerus, seeking a fight with a Super Saiyan God. He fought all the Z Fighters, and eventually, Goku reached this new form. Though Goku lost, Beerus didn't destroy the Earth, and made friends with Goku and the gang.

Now, Battle of Gods was a good movie, but it was a bit too comedic for some fans' tastes. Basically, there wasn't nearly enough action, so some people felt a little upset with the final product. Those people can now rejoice, as the newest movie, Resurrection F, has the action they wanted so bad.

This movie actually debuted worldwide at the Egyptian Theater in LA, though obviously that was the original Japanese version. A bunch of the voice actors, both English and Japanese, showed up to the event, and there was a massive crowd of fans and cosplayers, excited to be among the first viewers of the movie. Resurrection F then came to theaters in Japan a week later, and was in American theaters for a week in August, just like Battle of Gods. Thankfully this time, I was able to see it in theaters, and for those of you wondering why I'm only now reviewing the movie, it's because the Blu-Ray/DVD just came out, and if I reviewed it when I first saw it, the review almost certainly would have been lackluster.

Anyway, as you can probably gather from the cover and posters, this movie has Frieza being brought back from the dead by the remnants of his army. Sometime after Battle of Gods, the new commander of Frieza's army, Sorbet, comes to Earth and uses the Dragon Balls to bring him back to life. After a regeneration process, Frieza decides that, sicne Goku was a low-class warrior who was able to best him with enough training, Frieza figures if he trains for four months, he can easily beat Goku. So, six months later, Frieza's army of 1000 warriors invades Earth... as Goku and Vegeta are training with Beerus's mentor, Whis. So the other Z Fighters have to hold of Frieza's army until they get there.

Frieza: "I have an army."
Krillin: "We have a Goku."
Of course, the last half hour or so is an epic battle between Goku and Frieza, with Vegeta taking over for a brief period. I'm not going to give anything away, though if you've seen the trailers, or have the DLC for Dragon Ball Xenoverse, you probably know about the new forms shown in this movie.I'm just gonna say, while these new forms do look a bit underwhelming, the massive power they possess is pretty awesome, and I'd love to see more of these forms soon,

Of course, as action-packed as this movie is, there is still a fair bit of comedy, especially in the beginning. The Pilaf Gang make a cameo, just like in Battle of Gods. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, from the manga of the same name, appears, and makes silly comments throughout the movie. And of course, Beerus and Whis are just as obsessed with food as ever. Thankfully, the comedy doesn't distract from the action, unlike Battle of Gods, so it's much easier to deal with here.

The art, just like with Battle of Gods, is absolutely gorgeous. This time, they occasionally use 3D models for certain scenes, and while it is kinda obvious when used, I don't think it detracts from the experience too much. The combat is pretty intense looking, with the especially powerful blows having noticeably bigger impact than the regular ones. And of course, the final battle looks absolutely amazing, highlighting how powerful both Goku and Frieza are.

This gives me feelings that only porn should.
Overall, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F is an amazing movie. The action is intense, there's some good jokes sprinkled throughout, the animation is what you'd expect in this day and age, it's just a great movie. It's nice to see Master Roshi, Krillin, and Tien get some limelight for once, but of course, the real meat of the movie is the final battle. I definitely recommend this movie to any Dragon Ball Z fan, and I'd go so far to say, it's my favorite DBZ movie so far.

HBM, signing out.

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