Earlier tonight was the red-carpet premiere of Dragon Ball Evolution at the D-Cinema of SM North EDSA's The Block. At first I was a little bit hesitant and at the same time really praying that the movie wouldn't disappoint. After I saw the movie, my uncle Martin, Sheena and me, were happy that it was a lot better than what we expected.
Before everything else, I must compliment the D-Cinema of SM North for having great visuals. Much has been said, and criticized, about the latest Dragon Ball movie in the various US movie-review blogs all over the net, but I give you my own two cents.
First of all, Sheena would definitely agree with me in this when I say, Chi-Chi, played by Jamie Chung is really hot and beautiful in this movie. Moving on, I think that the effects were good. It wasn't like anything from a trying-hard martial arts with powers whathaveyou movie.
Disclaimer: This movie isn't faithful with Dragon Ball Z, or any Anime version of it. In fact, the major differences and similarities of the movie to the source was explained in an interview. For a person who never saw or heard the story of DBZ, like Sheena, you would think that the story was good. But for a die-hard-fan, it wasn't. I think that the story could have been greatly improved, character development needs improvement, and much content has yet to be shown.
The only comment the three of us agreed on is that it was too Western - Goku, the setting. It could have been better if it was more Asian. Well that's coming from someone who lives in Asia, but I think that's besides the point.
End-all, we were surprised that it was actually better than what we expect. It wasn't dragging or boring or trying-hard. The martial arts, cinematography, and the score were good. It wasn't WOW like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, but it's worth watching in the Cinemas.
After we watched the movie, my uncle Martin pointed out that DBE, Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer's effects were done by the same person (correct us if we're wrong). After which, Sheena said that it was like Transformers. So to paint a better picture, think Kung Fu Hustle or Shaolin Soccer + Transformers, that's DBE.
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