After an attempt to view the film over this past weekend, I was finally able see Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ in theaters last night and let me tell ya, it was awesome. I enjoyed last year’s Battle of Gods, but it didn’t hold up as well when I viewed it for a second time a few weeks ago. Thankfully, Resurrection ‘F’ is a good blend of comedy, action, and nostalgia that creates a splendid but flawed film that is reminiscent of the series we all know and love.
If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re familiar with the film’s premise, but if you accidentally clicked on this (thanks!), I suppose I have to get you up to speed. The plot of Resurrection ‘F’ is a simple one — Frieza’s army has been rebuilt after his death and his soldiers have come to Earth to revive him using the plot device known as the Dragon Balls. After learning that Goku last fought Majin Buu (Frieza’s army does’t know of his skirmish with Beerus), Frieza decides to spend a few months training — something he’s never done before — to see how much stronger he can get. Lots of fighting and yelling ensues.
The beginning of the film is a bit slow and and sometimes superfluous. Some scenes take too long, like the wish granting and revival of Frieza scene, while others might seem unnecessary, like Krillin’s introduction. I also didn’t think Jaco the Galactic Patrolman needed to be in the movie as his sole purpose seemed to be to add to the film’s runtime, bring some comic relief, and to alert the Z Fighters that Frieza was on his way (which didn’t really matter).
Once Frieza is alive and the film shifts to Goku and Vegeta training with Whis, the pace starts to pick up. I enjoyed the training sequence between Goku, Vegeta, and Whis. It showed just how far our two heroes have to go if they ever even want to land a blow on their new master. Of course, after Battle of Gods, delicious food was going to be mentioned — this time it’s pizza. Remember kids, whenever someone wants to destroy your planet, just present some delicious food to the invader and he’ll calm down and spare your life.
Bulma tries to warn Goku and Vegeta about Frieza’s arrival on Earth, but Whis is busy and ignores her message for some time. This causes Gohan, Jaco, Krillin, Master Roshi, Piccolo, and Tien to fend off Frieza’s soldiers on their own while the little pink alien sits back and watches. While the scenes of these fighters easily dispatching of Frieza’s soldiers was added basically just to expand the runtime, they are still pretty awesome and the animation showcased is spot-on. These sequences really show just how much animation technology has advanced since the series’ inception. The shots of characters flying around a forest or cavern look crisp and flow well. The simple punches being thrown and ways that the heroes take down soldiers look great.
The voice acting is solid throughout as well. Thankfully, Bulma doesn’t have a big enough role in the film for her voice to get on my nerves. I was surprised by Chris Ayres’ performance as Frieza. I expected to dislike his voicework as the character after playing Dragon Ball XenoVerse, but he actually did a good job here. His voice didn’t annoy me at any point. It goes without saying, but Sean Schemmel and Christopher R. Sabat are at the top of their game, as always, with their voicework. All around, I’d say that the cast did a good job.
So, once Goku and Vegeta arrive, the real action starts. Goku and Frieza warm up when they fight in their base form and final form, respectively. Goku doesn’t even get hit during this and barley breaks a sweat. I liked this approach — this warm up fight, and the fight as a whole, showed that no matter how much Frieza trained, he would never get the upper hand. Goku is just too strong.
Midway through the fight, the combatants decide to fully power up, and I’m sure you’ve seen their new forms by now. Golden Frieza looks simultaneously weird and kind of cool while the blue-haired Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form is just going a bit overboard. What’s next, orange hair? Green hair? Purple hair?
When these two fight in their new forms, the action sequences are great and animated wonderfully. At times, the film almost looked like a video game. The fight lasts a good while too and I get the feeling that the filmmakers listened to fan complaints after Battle of Gods was criticized for its short fight scenes. In Resurrection ‘F’, Goku and Frieza fight for a good portion of the film and I really enjoyed the choreography.
I wish Vegeta was utilized more in the movie and fought more. His big moment was already spoiled in the trailers, so I was disappointed by the use of his character, not to mention how the character assassination of Gohan continues. There’s some BS in the movie, like how Goku goes down and the ending — oh, the ending. If this movie just ended a couple of minutes before it did and ended the way it should have, I would have been much more satisfied. The last two or three minutes were just BS and and I have a logic issue with the ending but I won’t spoil it here.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is the fifteenth film based off of DBZ and I think it is one of the better ones. The action is great and the bits of comedy sprinkled throughout are entertaining. I really enjoyed this film, especially the second half. If was well worth the price of admission.