Monday, April 13, 2009

DragonBall The Live Action Movie

There are to many things going through my head about this movie... why was it made the way that it was.
When you talk about a "comic book movie" you have to know that there are already fans of the comic, especially if it is a blockbusting #1 Hit Manga like DragonBall!!! That is why the director should think of the fans first and foremost. An example of this is Xmen. Great movie. Because the Director stuck as close as he could to the comic without making it cheesy, DragonBall not so much.
I could probably list 101 things I didn't like about the movie, but because I am happy Fox even made the movie let's start with the Pros.
1. Great Cinematography. If I can say anything about it I thought that it had a lot of nice camera work but the lighting and the color was a bit dark for the Dragonball feel of the Anime.
2. Costume Design. That member of the cast actually saw Dragonball on TV or read the manga. Goku (while fighting piikorro), Master Roshi, and Chi Chi for the most part all had fairly accurate costumes.
3. Overall non-dragonball fan enjoyment. I went to this movie with two of my friends that did not know anything about the story line, and for the most part they could actually understand what was happening. One of my friend said that he liked the movie. So if you are not a fan of Dragonball this is the movie for you!

Ok that is enough nice, now the Cons.

1. STORY/TIME Line. Was there one? Yes. Was it the right one? NO! There were so many mistakes in the story, and the character time line was totally off! first of all they rush us in to an intro to Goku and we find out that he is living with is Gramps,' (who in the real story died when Goku was Very Young) So Goku should have been like five and then the intro would have made some sense. Chi Chi does not say anything to Goku about being betrothed to him!( in the real story Goku promises Chi Chi he will marry her when he is older.) Roshi lives in some two story house in the middle of the City and Kurririn is nowhere to be found?!?!(the real story puts Roshi on and island in the middle of the ocean and Kurririn comes over on a boat to be trained by him.)
I can go ON AND ON AND ON.
2. Character
My problem with the movie is that originally Fox had thought about casting Jackie Chan or Robin Sho as Goku, that would have been amazing. They are both great actors, and they already have a silly nature to them. The whole Idea was off when they decided to go with the Dragonball story instead of DragonBall Z. because when Goku turns 18 it is already pretty much DBZ!!
I mean Look at the pictures here.
To make the character look more like Goku they needed a lot more hair than what this actor had, and there is no hair in the actors face. Goku has Bushy eye brows and a ton of hair on his head.

Ok so besides getting the characters wrong, the knowledge of the characters was also incorrect. It any thing in this movie is supposed to go along with the original story then Chi Chi should have asked Goku if he is going to marry her yet, because as I said before Goku promised to marry her when they are grown up, and in this movie he turns 18, sooooo...
Then the movie says that Bulma doesn't know what the Dragonballs are but in the series SHE is the one who tells Goku about the dragonballs!!
I will stop here, because I was talking with my wife about this for about two hours after the movie and I decided I should make a petition of Facebook to have them make a Dragonball Z movie. so that is what I will do Because if they can't get the story right at least they can make a Better one with the DBZ story starting with the Sayian Saga!

More To Come.

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