Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MARIAH's TAKE on Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F 2015

Genre:
Animation/Action/Adventure
Rating:
Not Rated
Run Time:
1 hr 33 min.
Release Date:
August 4, 2015 (USA)
Original Author:
Akira Toriyama
Distributor:
Funimation

Distributed by:
Funimation

Directed by:
Tadayoshi Yamamuro

Plot Summary:
One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.

Cast:
Japanese:
Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Satô, Mayumi Tanaka, Toshio Furukawa

English:
Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Christopher Sabat, Monica Rial, Mike McFarland, Sonny Strait

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*My Thoughts*
“Whoever screams the loudest, is the winner,” “This isn’t even my final form,” no doubt the most infamous jokes of the Dragon Ball franchise. Dragon Ball: Resurrection ‘F’ did not disappoint me, I enjoyed it profusely in comparison to Battle of Gods. It had humor, action (obviously), the return of iconic characters but it still had that cliché ending and did Bulma get more obnoxious over the years? Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on the viewer, the trailers give away basically everything but don’t let that discourage you from watching this.

Let’s start with the graphics and animation. Dragon Ball: Resurrection ‘F’ far exceeds its predecessor movies or episodes. The HD was a good choice but I question the 3D animation. It’s cool, but unnecessary. As I watched Frieza and Goku go at it, their bodies popped out more than the energy that illuminated from them, slightly lagging. Thus leading to their energy looking flat and unimportant, despite it giving our fighters 5% more physical appeal. A small detail but crazy colors do match a Dragon Ball theme. But I digress, the animation was clear and more detailed than I would have expected. It was enthralling and pulled my attention.

The story could be taken from, again, the trailers and the synopsis but the hype is real. The power and hand-to-hand combat taken into the ozone layer, not surprising for a super saiyan (God), was epic. After watching calmer or more psychological anime as of late, Dragon Ball: Resurrection ‘F’, excited me. Goku is easy-going and his rivalry with a stubborn Vegeta brought tension as well as comedy at the right moments during the movie. Frieza’s arrogance will never change, will it? Beerus and Whis’s addition to was a nice touch although unnecessary. Beerus is the God of Destruction of Universe 6, fully competent, and short-tempered; while Whis has a peaceful, eccentric personality. But they both adore human food like a little kid in Candy Land. 

I wonder if anything won’t be cliché, as Resurrection ‘F’ has all the points needed for a shōnen movie.

Goku and Vegeta make a formidable team and it’s not like Frieza has protagonist powers to protect him, thus leading to his inevitable demise. A predictable end but I did like their effort in foreshadow, that a 5th grader could catch. Spoiler: Whis has power over time, an ability he mentions early into the movie and thus uses at the end of the movie. All in all, a simple movie but worth watching on a lazy afternoon.

My rating:




*Own it on Blu-Ray/DVD*
Release Date:
October 20, 2015
Bonus Features:
Feature Film (95 minutes), Over 50 minutes of extra features, including: "The Voices of Dragon Ball Z" (picture-in-picture "making of" footage:, The Return of Dragon Ball Z (cast interviews & red carpet footage), Included Digital HD Ultraviolet copy (subject to expiration).



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