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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F - Film Review

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by Jamie Briggs (subscribe)
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Published August 9th 2015
Resurrection F brings Dragon Ball Z to the big screen
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F is an enjoyable, yet fairly standard Dragon Ball Z film.

Resurrection F is aimed towards veteran Dragon Ball Z fans, with the resurrection of long time Dragon Ball Z villain, Frieza. His resurrection with the Dragon Balls is the very heart of this film, as he ventures to Earth with an army of soldiers to seek his revenge against the two Saiyan warriors who have decimated him in the past.

Many Dragon Ball fans may be wondering why this is even a challenge for the Z Warriors, since Goku has now increased his power-level to that of a God in the previous Dragon Ball film. Well the reasoning behind Frieza's apparent extra strength is actually quite genius, and it fits the personality of the character well. Frieza is an over confident villain and the fact his previously lowered power level was tied to this entitled overconfidence makes sense.

Resurrection F is one of the few times Dragon Ball Z has allowed its extended array of characters to show their worth in recent memory. As Goku and Vegeta continue to become immensely overpowered and their foes continue to reach or succeed them, most of the Z Fighters have become relegated to the side lines. In Resurrection F however most of them get time to shine and showcase their apparent strength when compared to the everyday individual. Oddly enough many of the usual fighters simply no show the battle, and while their absence is acknowledged it doesn't make sense. With Frieza attacking the Earth you would think all of Earth's finest would be there to stop it, but unfortunately this isn't the case. The weird absence certainly didn't make much sense in my opinion.

The battles themselves look better than ever, due to the crisp nature of the improved animated effects, coupled with the 3D visual effects that were previously used in the last Dragon Ball Z film. The combination of camera angles and utilisation of both techniques make these epic encounters feel like the grand display they truly deserve.

Fans of Goku will certainly have a lot to be excited about in Resurrection F, with his character being at the center of most of the action sequences. Unfortunately this means that Vegeta takes an extended rest on the sidelines. His character is left in the shadows and actually gets less time to showcase his strength than the extended fighters, which is a shame. When Vegeta finally enters the fray, the battle is so short that it is easily forgotten.

I was also disappointed that the most interesting and Earth-shattering scene in Resurrection F is removed in rapid fashion. This moment would of shook the Dragon Ball Z universe to its core and provided an interesting narrative going forward into the new Dragon Ball anime, or the next film in the franchise. Unfortunately the moment feels cheap and ends up being taken back almost as fast as it occurred.
Goku, Vegeta, Resurrection F, Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F is certainly an enjoyable Dragon Ball film, one that looked absolutely incredible on a movie screen. Though there are some weird absences from the cast of characters and Vegeta gets left out for far too long, the latest film will definitely provide a fun experience for Dragon Ball Z fans.

I also recommend those wanting to see Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F on a cinema sized screen to act quickly, as the limited theater run ends soon.
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When: Out now.
Where: Select movie cinemas.
Cost: Standard ticket pricing.
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