Just when fans thought that nothing could top “Battle of the Gods,” Akira Toriyama responds with “Resurrection F,” which is quite possibly the best movie in the entire Dragon Ball franchise.
Taking place after “Battle of the Gods,” “Resurrection F” takes the most popular villain from “Dragon Ball Z,” Frieza, gives him a new badass form, and then has him, along with an army, take on the Z Fighters, and Goku and Vegeta who also happen to have another new form. From start to finish, this film has you glued to the screen.
One of Frieza’s henchman named Sorbet finds himself overwhelmed trying to conquer the universe with the last remaining members of the Frieza force. After giving up trying to find the new Namekian planet, he finally decides to try and quietly invade Earth, and use its Dragon Balls to revive Frieza. With the help of Emperor Pilaf and his goons, Sorbet summons Shenron, and brings back Frieza who was been spending years suffering in Hell. Upon his revival, Frieza learns that Goku defeated Majin Buu, so he decides that he train before their fight. It turns out that Frieza has never trained a day in his life as his race is naturally born powerful. He desires to take a few months to try and reach a level to defeat his Saiyan adversary.
Meanwhile, Goku and Vegeta find themselves training with Whis on a far away planet. Since their first encounter with Lord Beerus, Goku wanted to further his training with Whis as he is Beerus’s mentor, and Vegeta does not want Goku to surpass him any more than he already has. Gohan has welcomed a baby girl named Pan who hopefully won’t be the annoying brat we remember from “Dragon Ball GT.” Piccolo has gone from babysitting Goku’s children to babysitting Goku’s grandchildren. Krillin is now a cop (no, I am not kidding), and apparently Bulma has connections with the universe’s police department. If any of this sounds strange, that’s only because it is.
“Battle of the Gods” gave us a small taste of what is to come in “Dragon Ball Super” by introducing us to Lord Beerus and introducing the Super Saiyan God form. “Battle of the Gods” was great, but it lacked a sense of importance and emergency as the bulk of the film takes place at Bulma’s birthday party. Sure, the fate of planet is on the line, but is on the line in literally every single episode of “Dragon Ball Z.” “Resurrection F” feels like it is Dragon Ball’s version of “The Avengers.” There are epic battles that leave you with your jaw dropped, there are stunning visuals to keep you glued to the screen, there is even spot-on humor that you leave you with your sides splitting.
When Frieza first arrives on Earth, there is an epic fight between Frieza’s henchmen, and the Z Fighters (Master Roshi, Gohan, Piccolo, Tien, Krillin, and Jaco who is a member of the universe’s police force). The battle takes place across the planet, and it honestly felt like the Battle of New York from “The Avengers” but on a slightly smaller scale. When Goku and Vegeta arrive for the final battle, you are already exhausted from the previous fight, you can’t imagine that the movie is going to throw anything else at you, but you are very wrong.
Goku enters his new form, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, which sounds stupid, but proves to be anything but. The form comes with metallic blue hair and sky blue eyes. It might take awhile to get used to a non-blonde Goku, but we also thought we wouldn’t be able to get over a Goku that didn’t have black hair. Frieza’s golden form, which is literally known as Golden Frieza, showcases his power and vanity perfectly. The ending fight with Goku and Frieza is extremely entertaining. In “Battle of the Gods,” the animators decided to use more CGI rather than solely relying on hand-drawn animation as the show typically did. For some people, this was unwanted, but “Resurrection F” showed just how cool fights could look. Each blow exchanged in “Resurrection F” feels like a semi. Each punch has weight behind it, which is difficult to capture in a movie let alone in an animated film.