AT THE core of every good Dragon Ball story arch is the struggle against impossible odds, giving it your best, stumbling, overcoming it, and becoming stronger because of it.
In essence, the message is never to give up, and you will be better for it.
That is the reason why the Dragon Ball series of manga, anime, and movies have been so celebrated through many generations of fans.
It is the template that every fantasy adventure story aimed at young boys is measured against, the source of many cliches, and the home of some of the most memorable characters in all entertainment.
In short, I went to see Dragon Ball Super: Broly with high expectations. As a casual fan, I would also point out that there was already a Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan movie back in 1993. This is a reimagining of that story, but set in the Super continuity and timeline.
If you’re not a fan of Dragon Ball and all this backstory confuses you, don’t be intimidated.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a fun animated action movie that is designed to be enjoyed on its own.
You might even catch the cliches that define the series like the Superman-like origin story of Son Goku/Kakarot.
The characters are funny, the action is fantastic, the art is out of this world, and the story is your typical modern Dragon Ball stuff, which is good, but also where most of my quibbles against this movie lie.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly lacks the permanent character growth and world changes that make Dragon Ball so impactful. It also doesn’t help that Son Goku is still the lovable idiot who loves to fight.
So much so that he let a genocidal world-destroying maniac – the same monster that killed his father and ruined his home planet and entire species – live and continue to extinguish entire planets, just so they could fight again later.
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Ball Super: Broly despite its impactless ending. I think it is because of familiarity. I grew up with, and alongside, the series. As I get older and change, so do the heroes of the series.
For newcomers, however, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a fun spectacle. But, if you are not into animated action movies, this film may seem a little hollow and simplistic.