Written by Shiggins
I've never been a fan of Broly's character from the original trilogy of films, but I'm a minority. Fans of Dragon Ball Z adore Broly and remember his great design and brutality, and so he has become a staple of the franchise, despite never being officially canon. Thanks to Akira Toriyama however, Broly has returned with his first appearance in the true Dragon Ball continuity. Is the original creator enough to make even a cold-hearted monster like me actually gain an appreciation for the behemoth?
Note: This is a spoiler-free review about the movie, but there will be some regarding Dragon Ball Super's ending.
|Don't worry. Vegeta is not Broly's bitch this time.|
Our story takes place after the events of Dragon Ball Super, with the Tournament of Power finished and the universe safe from harm. As Goku (Sean Schemmel) and Vegeta (Christopher Sabat) train their hearts out to prepare for what could be a devastating face-off with the newly resurrected Frieza (Chris Ayres), we see the tyrant himself has reassembled his Frieza Force and is looking for a new ally to take on the Saiyans he despises so much. This is when he comes across two more surviving Saiyans; Paragus (Dameon Clarke) and his son, Broly (Vic Mignogna). And while Paragus is a strong-willed soldier with an above-average power level, Frieza's focus is on Broly, who seems to have more latent power than any Saiyan before or after him.
The film itself actually starts with a complete reboot of the backstory, in which the Saiyan's planet Vegeta is destroyed by Frieza and Goku is given the Superman treatment. Like the original film, King Vegeta is afraid of the child Broly's power and has him exiled to a wasteland planet, causing Paragus to follow and get stuck there as well, and we even get a glimpse of little Vegeta, Raditz and Nappa!
|Please bring back Raditz and the Ginyu Force, Toriyama-sir! Goku's brother has too much potential to ignore!|
And that brings us to Broly himself, who is... absolutely phenomenal.
|"KAKA..." Oh wait, no! He never says that! Hooray!|
Super: Broly introduces several other characters, of course, with the most major being Cheelai (Erica Lindbeck), a soldier for the Frieza Force who strikes a friendship with Broly and starts to see him for what he truly is. Also along for the ride are Kikono (Sonny Franks) and Berryblue (Veronica Taylor), Frieza's two advisors, an old veteran soldier named Lemo (Bruce Carey), and the first ever appearance of Goku's mother, Gine (Emily Neves)!
The action in the last two thirds is absolutely insane, with gorgeous visuals and a land that changes from ice to fire in a matter of punches. Broly's form constantly changes as he learns to evolve through this battle, and the stakes keep rising as the two protagonists are pushed to the edge the longer the fight goes on. By the time Broly reaches his most iconic form, they're already exhausted and the worst of it has yet to pass!
|Vegeta will no longer be fodder!|
People have been saying Dragon Ball Super; Broly is the best film of the franchise, and I'm struggling to decide if I agree. While it definitely has the best drama and some of the best action, I'm comparing it to Battle of Gods, which felt more important in terms of development for Goku and Vegeta. Both films are fantastic however, and they are the best the franchise has to offer. I'm just too close to the movie to decide at this point.
On a final note, I am absolutely loving the paths this franchise is taking, and Super: Broly has only made me even more excited. The horrors of Frieza, the development of our favourite characters, and even the final line of dialogue all hint towards great potential for the future. Dragon Ball is doing amazing, and I can't wait to see what Toriyama has got up his sleeves next.
Movie Rating: 8.5/10
Best Performance: Sean Schemmel as Son Goku (I saw the dub).
Best Part: The new Broly.
Worst Part: Surprisingly little of Planet Vegeta.
|"Me, a monster? No. I am... a surprisingly nice guy."|
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