Dragonball Evolution (2009)
Critic Consensus: Executed with little panache or invention, Dragonball Evolution lacks the magic that made the books upon which it was based a cult sensation.
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as Lord Piccolo
as Chi Chi
as Master Roshi
as Grandpa Gohan
as Sifu Norris
as Carey Fuller
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Critic Reviews for Dragonball Evolution
Evolution is far more entertaining than it deserves to be, unless you're a 10-year-old boy, in which case it's only the greatest movie ever made.
There are a few entertaining fight scenes. But there is also uneven CGI, bad dialogue and a host of clichéd moments that make Dragonball Evolution just another disappointing matinee movie.
The film is crammed with treats for old-school Dragonball fans. For everyone else, this amounts to another seen-it-before, probably-willing-to-see-it-again distraction, a passable collection of 'splosions and special effects for a slow film weekend.
Fans of the best-selling Dragonball comics (and cartoons, and videogames...) might have a shot at untangling the knotty dream-logic that strangles Dragonball: Evolution's live-action adaptation.
The giddy, anything-goes spirit of Japanese manga comics and Hong Kong martial arts flicks animates Dragonball Evolution. Not enough to make it a good movie, mind you, but enough so you won't hate yourself if you sit through it with the kids.
It's hard to muster up fear for the end of the civilization when the whole production looks like an hour of network filler.
Audience Reviews for Dragonball Evolution
Turned a classic tale of innocence, the struggle between good and evil, into a hollywood CGI fuck fest of stupidity. There are so many things wrong with this film even outside of the fact that it bastardized the source material. Easily worse movie I have ever seen.
Oh gosh. The trailers were better.
I must say that this one is a really terrible adaptation, maybe basically it wasn't an adaptation movie, but it was a movie inspired from the manga because the only same thing about this movie was the name of the characters and the Dragon Ball itself... If I see this movie as not an adaptation movie, I may gave it 2 or 2 1/2 stars because it was pretty entertaining... But because this one is an adaptation movie, I couldn't gave more than 1 1/2 stars... James Wong really changed a lot from the manga, and it was terrible because I'm a big fan of the manga... Yet, he made a lot of bloopers because of the weak script they have here, that one makes the audience become more confused with the story here... Very disappointing...
Dragonball Evolution Quotes
|Chi Chi:||You must make every move your own.|
|Goku:||[Goku trashes Fuller and his gang] Oh, about your car... [Smashes the car]|
|Goku:||Teach me how to be normal.|
|Grandpa Gohan:||Normal is also overrated.|
|Bulma:||You have no right to give away a third of the royalties to my invention. One day Dragonballs could power the world.|
|Master Roshi:||Don't worry. A third of zero is still zero.|