As a huge DBZ fan, when I caught wind of a new movie featuring the return of Frieza I was SO IN. And on August 4th, 1,000+ theaters packed with Dragon Ball Z fans such as myself will get to sit down and watch Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on the big screen (internationally thus far it’s grossed more than $51.1M). Luckily I was offered the opportunity to screen Resurrection F this past weekend and I can tell you this is the movie that will be the catalyst to garnering DBZ a whole new generation of fans. Check out the (mostly) spoiler free review below and be sure to see if your local theater is showing Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ next week!
Resurrection F takes place after Battle of Gods, and both Goku and Vegeta have spent what is assumed years training with Whis, Beerus the God of Destruction’s handler. The training has allowed them to reach power levels unheard of before, however it’s also kept them from Earth for quite some time. And of course, life on Earth has moved on in their absence as it always does. That is until Bulma delivers them some shocking news. Frieza has returned. Or rather, has been resurrected. Without giving away too many details, Frieza has been stuck in what is possibly the most adorable hell until he is freed by Sorbet (food name, are you shocked?) who has been leading the Frieza Forces in his absence.
In the absence of Earth’s saiyans, it is up to Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan and Master Roshi to fend of Frieza and his entire army in what culminates to be an INCREDIBLE albeit unfairly matched battle. It has been quite some time since we’ve seen Master Roshi in action and the wait was well worth it. Like seriously worth the wait. And unlike previous films the supporting cast gets their chance to shine in Resurrection ‘F’ before Goku and Vegeta make it back to Earth. But no matter how much we would all enjoy seeing Master Roshi or Krillin take down Frieza, they’re no match to his power. And when Goku and Vegeta return they have to face down their old enemy in his newest form – Golden Frieza.
Warning, some actual spoilers below (come back and read after you’ve seen Resurrection of ‘F’)
As much as I loved this film , especially in comparison to Battle of Gods (which felt very much like a filler), there are a few things I had trouble wrapping my head around. First – Golden Frieza himself. I get that Frieza is assumed to be this powerful being that doesn’t require training. It has taken Goku and Vegeta YEARS to reach Super Saiyan God form (I, for one, dig the blue hair) and Frieza managed to obtain his equivalent in 1/10th of the time. But then? He doesn’t really get to do anything with it. I suppose his inability to use his new power is explained by his lack of training but Frieza is the definition of literally being born with talent and it all felt kind of cumbersome and rushed. Second, Gohan. I mean what the hell happened to him? He goes from Mystic Gohan to . . . this guy? And of course, as her die-hard fan girl the one thing I wish they would have included more of was Android 18. She flat out tells Krillin she should go save the world because she’s stronger, and she’s left at home to care for the kid. Earth has babysitters you know.
Small little things aside, Resurrection ‘F’ is leaps and bounds better than Battle of Gods. While Battle of Gods was filled with humor, it lacked the action sequences that DBZ fans have come to expect. That is where Resurrection ‘F’ stepped up and completely delivered. It managed to balance humor, character building (for everyone but Goku and Vegeta) and intense amounts of action to create what is thus far one of my favorite movies of the the DBZ series. And with the several times Buu’s name was dropped I just can’t wait see what the DBZ franchise has in store for us next!