Call me crazy but as a person who is living his childhood around Dragon Ball, I must say that the movie was a total nightmare. I am a huge fan of the comic since I was 11 year old and it was one of the first comic collections. I heard many bad rumors surrounding the movie from many die-hard-fans when it came out few weeks ago so I have decided not to watch it on the cinema.
The reason was simple, if the movie is a total ripoff, why should I pay money to watch it. It's like encouraging them to come and produce more crappy movie. Because of that, I waited for the first "clear-view" R5 copy of the movie to download.
I really opposed the idea of using a "white boy" in the movie instead of looking for a Japanese look actor. I'm not being racist here but the lead actor, Justin Chatwin really doesn't suit the character. He looked too cocky, too old for a little Goku, too horny for a supposedly "pure" boy and ego-maniac type of guy.
And don't get me started on the storyline. I agree that it is impossible to recreate everything from the comic but the fact that Goku went to high school is unacceptable. And Chi Chi is a high school prom queen and she's with a jerk. Not making any sense at all. It's not like she couldn't fight at all and the jerk not even good-looking.
Another thing, where the hell did Piccolo got a hot assistant?
And Chow Yun-Fat don't even bother to shave his head for Master Roshi part. Where's his turtle, his famous black spectacle, cane and turtle shell behind his back? The reason I couldn't accept it is simply because it's not something impossible to do like to recreate Piccolo.
One of the funniest part in the movie is during Goku's training. They replace the turtle shell with a bunch bags tied to a net.
To be honest, before I watch the movie, I really put my expectation really low because I don't want to be too disappointed after watching it. Even with that, I must say, there is no word in the world that could express my feeling how much I hated the movie. I'm surely just saving RM10 by not watching it on the cinema.
I heard many kids enjoying the movie which is absolutely understandable considering that they don't read the comic but I bet most of us especially born in 80's must be devastated watching another movie being destroyed by Hollywood producers.