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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

Movie
Studio(s): 
In Theatres: 
Aug 04, 2015
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
93 minutes

It’s a great time to be a Dragon Ball Z fan. 2013’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods breathed new life into the franchise and now there’s even a new series, Dragon Ball Super, that continues the saga after the defeat of Majin Buu. While Battle of Gods introduced new characters Beerus and Whis to the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ reintroduces an iconic villain and delivers exactly what fans want.

 

Thanks to the power of the Dragon Balls, Frieza has been resurrected by his henchmen and now vows revenge against the Sayians who killed him before, namely Goku and Trunks. You might be wondering how someone like Frieza could even come close to matching Goku at his present power level. Returning from the dead doesn’t give him an increase in power, and back on Namek he was barely able to keep up with a Super Sayian Goku so it should be an easy match, right? Well, apparently Frieza was naturally that strong and never spent any time training. He isn’t going to make the same mistake this time around and takes six months to prepare for his revenge, during which his is able to attain a new form, Golden Frieza. Goku, meanwhile, has been able to harness the some of the power of the Super Saiyan God form, which is evident by his new radiant blue hair.

 

Resurrection ‘F’ starts off slowly and then builds to the massive brawl between Goku and Frieza. The majority of the Z Fighters including Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien, and even Master Roshi make an appearance fighting against Frieza’s henchmen. It’s great to see all these characters return to fighting form after their disappointing birthday party appearance in Battle of Gods. It’s especially awesome to see Master Roshi as a fighter and not just some perverted old man.

 

Unfortunately we don’t get the entire cast. Goten, Trunks, Yamcha, and a few others are notably missing, although the film tries to make up an excuse for their absences. It’s also a shame that Gohan is still far below his peak during the Cell Games. The film also marks the anime introduction of Jaco, the Galactic Patrolman. He’s not exactly a new character, having appeared previously in manga form in Weekly Shōnen Jump, but his appearance feels like he was just dropped in the middle of everything. I seriously thought that I had missed something because he seems to be on familiar grounds with all the characters, especially Bulma.

 

The first half of Resurrection ‘F’ is focused on the supporting cast. Like any typical episode of Dragon Ball Z it’s filled with a good mix of humor and action. There are also plenty of callbacks to the series that fans will be sure to pick up on, but not so much as to deter new audiences from understanding what’s happening.

 

Everything culminates in the clash between Goku and Frieza. Their battle really gives audiences the best sense of the speed of the fights in the series. Rocks crumble and water droplets fall in slow motion around them. From a distance, it’s just one bright flash of light after another as the environment around them crumbles. The animations are absolutely stunning, and the combat feels fresh yet familiar, paying homage to Goku’s first fight with Frieza on Planet Namek.

 

The biggest disappointment is that once again, Vegeta is forced to the sidelines once again. It’s still very much Goku’s battle, despite him saying that they’ll take turns against Frieza. I was actually hopeful that we’d see Goku fail for once and have Vegeta save the day, but unfortunately that just doesn’t happen. The Sayian Prince does get to exchange a few blows, but it’s still lacking. Maybe one day fans will get the Vegeta fight they’ve been craving, but it’s not this one.

 

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is a solid addition to the Dragon Ball Z filmography with an exciting new and action-packed chapter featuring one of the series’ best villains. The new forms are great, and while it’s difficult to deliver everything fans wants, the film provides more than enough service to make this a must-see for DBZ fans.

Matt Rodriguez
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