April 18, 2010
I heard some really bad things about DragonBall Evolution but being the fair person that I am I thought it would only be right to give this film its day to try and impress me. While I don't think the movie was a complete piece of crap, it came pretty close. There were some elements that I thoroughly enjoyed and others I wish they would have forgone altogether. I think for the most part that the hand to hand combat was not too bad. The battle Ki and "special moves" were a little over the top with the CG but battles were not too bad for the most part. You have to love that they made Chow Yun Fat as Master Roshi, that left for some entertainment as well.
I was a little disappointed with the selection for Goku's character. I have not idea who this kid is that they chose, but he was not convincing. In some scenes, it almost seemed as though it was a spoof on a comedy show. I get that they were trying to set the whole scene in this modern style city like what we would experience day to day, but the reality is that Goku was Japanese in the show. Goku also didn't have this split personality in the TV series where sometimes he was humble then extremely arrogant.
The character for Yamcha was actually a pretty goof match for the most part. He had the personality and voice down pretty good.
Overall, I didn't completely hate the movie, but it won't be getting a second view for me. As for my recommendation, I can only suggest not going into this one with any expectations. Pretend that the series doesn't exist and it won't be so bad.