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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F
Freeza by Maximum the Hormone (The song that inspired this film)
Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu No F
Director: Tadayoshi Yamamuro
Writer: Akira Toriyama
Japanese Voice Cast: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Satô, Mayumi Tanaka, Toshio Furukawa, Takeshi Kusao, Hikaru Midorikawa, Natsuki Hanae, Yûko Minaguchi, Ryôichi Tanaka, Miki Itô, Ryûzaburô Ôtomo, Shirô Saitô, Kazuya Nakai, Tetsu Inada, Tomohisa Asô, Shigeru Chiba, Eiko Yamada, Tesshô Genda, Shôko Nakagawa, Masakazu Morita, Kôichi Yamadera, Ryûsei Nakao
American Voice Cast: Chris Ayres, John Burgmeier, Chris Cason, Sean Schemmel, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jason Douglas, Kara Edwards, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Chuck Huber, Meredith McCoy, Mike McFarland, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Jeremy Schwartz, Ian Sinclair, Sonny Strait, Eric Vale, Brad Venable
Plot Synopsis: 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.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Fight scenes are fun to watch
- Humor was funny
- Nice soundtrack
- Lousy animation
- Editing was horrendous; especially around the beginning when Frieza was being revived, as it makes two of the characters look like idiots for their inactivity.
- The entire premise feels contrived, and it often comes off as half baked fan fiction to make a quick buck.
- All the events at the beginning reeks of plot convenience. Not to mention all the plot holes that plague this movie.
- Several inconsistencies within the franchise's continuity.
- Still unkind to the uninitiated, as you'll be lost if you're new to this franchise.
- Never feels like anything is at stake
The disappointment level of this film is over 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Like most "Dragon Ball Z" fans, I too wanted to love this movie upon it's theatrical limited release, but sadly that wasn't the case. Granted, the potential was there, but the execution was horrible. As some of my readers might know from reading my "Top Ten Dragon Ball Z characters" hub a while back, then you would know that I started to lose faith in this franchise after the Cell Saga.
After Gohan ascended to take over his father's place as the new savior of the Earth, it was a perfect ending. There was literally nowhere else to go. The characters were progressed as far as they could go, and the story tied itself perfectly back it's prequel series, "Dragon Ball." Sadly, that wasn't enough for Toriyama.
He kept milking an already dying franchise, as the Majin Buu saga was riddled with contrived plot conveniences and plot holes that it almost felt like a six year old kid was making random s*** up as he went along. Gone were the days when death actually meant something, as it seems the concept of death became something of a joke in the Majin Buu saga.
Not only that, but even the once great super saiyan transformation was reduced to nothing more than a common formality. Indeed, "Dragon Ball Z" went from being a simple good vs. evil story, with some memorable characters, to a watered down version of itself over time. After the Buu saga ended (along with Dragon Ball GT), I had long since given up on the franchise ever being great again, and I was okay with that.
Granted, the latter episodes of "Dragon Ball Z" were pieces of crap, but that doesn't negate how great the earlier episodes were. How awesome it was to see Gohan beat Cell, or seeing Frieza get his comeuppance at the end. There were so many memorable moments in "Dragon Ball Z" that frankly I was happy, even if Toriyama never made any new content for it again.
Enter "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods." When I first heard about the movie, I was skeptical about it. At first, I thought the story would be formulaic and cliche like every other "Dragon Ball Z" story arc. All the supporting z fighters (not named Vegeta, Gohan or Goku) would probably be reduced to nothing more than comedy reliefs, while stalling the bad guy until Goku arrived to kick the villain's a** and save the day. Cut and print. Yay!
Boy was I wrong. Not only did "Battle of Gods" surprise me by introducing a villain that was completely different than what I expected, but he was likable too. Seriously, if you can create a villain, who's trying to destroy the earth, but you STILL manage to make me like him anyway, then you're probably doing something right.
After all, we've had so many villains in various media, who're always hellbent on destroying things and/or world domination; hence why it's refreshing to find an antagonist, who's main concern is where to get a bite to eat. It's fascinating, and it definitely creates a new story dynamic to work with.
One of the issues that I've always had with "Dragon Ball Z" is that almost everything was in black and white. Beerus was a surprisingly complex character, who wasn't necessarily evil per say, but more of a character that was put into an antagonistic position. This intrigued me about "Battle of Gods" to no end, and I loved how the movie subverted a lot of the stereotypes and cliches about the franchise as well.
In fact, it made me proud to be a "Dragon Ball Z" fan again. And when I heard there was going to be a follow up film about their most iconic villain Frieza, I was skeptical at first, but i decided to give it a shot. After all, I was skeptical about "Battle of Gods" too, but that turned out to be great. And like a fool in love, I drank the Kool Aid of blissful ignorance, while hoping for a movie that would impress me.
Sure, there were signs that this movie was going to be bad such as Akira's bulls*** explanation on how Frieza gets strong enough to kill Goku and his pals by merely TRAINING for a few months. Seriously, I'm not kidding either.
Sure, Goku has been training for years, since he defeated Frieza in the TV series and manga. Hell, he's even gotten some zenkai boosts after each fight, which means he grows stronger after recovering from a mortal wound. You add in the fact that he's been in so many fights since Frieza, and the fact that he's achieved a new god form that increases his power, then you have to wonder how the hell does Frieza plan to beat him after he comes back to life?
Apparently, Frieza's race is inherently so freakishly strong since birth that even training to become stronger in a month could equal a years worth of training to any other mortal in the universe. And it's even brought up in the film that Frieza never trained a day in his life until now. If that doesn't reek of ill contrived plot convenience, then I don't know what does. But like a fool in love, I chose to ignore my instincts hoping to see something truly special. Sadly, my hopes were misplaced.
And like all fools that fall in love, I was heart broken by the end of it. Pondering what to think. "Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F" was nothing more than a poorly executed film that had the potential to be great, but it wasn't quite there. For starters, the animation is horrendous.
Granted, I did love the animation in "Battle of Gods", as it managed to mesh the 2-D and 3-D animation quite seamlessly. Sure, it wasn't "Pixar-esque" quality, but it was certainly a nice improvement over the regular animated series. Here, it almost feels like an unfinished product. The 3-D CGI animation looks obliviously fake, and it doesn't mesh with the 2-D characters at all. If anything, the animation reeks of poor quality, as you can literally find fan made youtube videos that would easily put "Revival of F's" animation to shame.
And don't even get me started on plot for this movie, as it's filled with more ill contrived plot conveniences and plot holes that would easily make the Majin Buu story arc in "Dragon Ball Z" look like a masterpiece by comparison. Where do I get started with this film?
As some die hard fans have heard, the plot revolves around some of Frieza's soldiers wishing for Frieza to come back to life. But upon his return, Frieza learns that Goku has gotten stronger since their last fight. And upon hearing about his defeat of Majin Buu, Frieza somehow deduces that it'll only take him a few months worth of training in order to attain the power he needs to kill Goku and his pals once and for all.
Meanwhile, Goku and Vegeta are training, while the rest of the z fighters are off doing their own thing. As it's explained in the film, Frieza's soldiers were unable to locate the surviving Namekians, so they were forced to use the magical dragon balls on earth to bring Frieza back from the dead.
And from that point, you witness a series of contrived events that reek of poor writing and various plot conveniences, in order for the story get going. Piccolo and Gohan do sense Frieza's men from miles away, as they wish back Frieza. But do they do anything about it? Hell no. They do nothing, as they don't even bother to investigate it. Why the hell do you need a scene where those two characters detect something, yet do nothing about it? That not only makes the two characters look like idiots, but it becomes a pointless scene that didn't need to be brought up.
Without giving away too much of the film, I will say this much. The thing that really hurts this movie is that there's nothing at stake here. At no point during the fight between Frieza and the z fighters do you ever get a sense that the z fighters could be any real danger.
Even after Frieza powers up to his new golden form, you never get the impression that Goku and his pals could ever lose. Hell, there's even a fan service scene that shows Vegeta taking a crack at whooping Frieza's a** for a bit. And just when you think the movie is going to end in a monumentally different way that would defy expectations similar to what "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" did, the movie goes the safe route by pulling some deus machina device out of it's a**.
This is where the problems lie with this movie. Whenever it has a chance to do something great, it cowers and does something safe. Unlike "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" that subverted many of the franchise's previous cliches and stereotypes, this one chooses to reinforce them. And to make matters worse, the events leading up to Frieza's revival makes the entire film seem like someone's half baked fan fiction, as it's riddled with contrived circumstances, in order for it's half baked story to work.
For what it's worth, "Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F" isn't the worse movie of the franchise, but it leaves a lot to be desired. The movie had potential to be great, but due to the contrived writing style of the script, it felt like it was nothing more than someone's badly written fan fiction; meshed in with a lot of fan service for hardcore fans. Not to mention all the continuity errors made in this film. And if you plan on checking out this franchise any time soon, then I wouldn't start here, as this one isn't kind to the uninitiated.
By "Dragon Ball Z" standards, it delivers on it's fan service and fast pace action scenes, as the movie is definitely flashy. But sometimes flashy isn't always a refection of quality. Unless you're that much of a hardcore fan of this franchise, I'd probably wait to catch this on DVD/Blue Ray, as it's not worth checking out in theaters.