a.k.a.Dragonball Z: The Tree of Might
a.k.a.Dragonball Z: Ultimate Decisive Battle for Earth
a.k.a. Dragonball Z: Chikyuu Marugoto Chou
A camping trip for Son Gohan and company turns into a nightmare when a forest fire erupts out of nowhere. It turns out this is just a ploy by a group of marauding aliens led by the power-hungry Saiya-jin Taurus. Now it’s up to Son Goku and his compatriots to battle Taurus and his minions in order to save Earth from a parasitic plant.
summary by Ender
Highs: Okay action sequences
Lows: Pointless action; pathetic villains; secondary characters
There have been several times in my life where I’ve wanted to just waste an hour for the heck of it. So, I threw this movie down for a gander. Figuring that it’s only an hour long, what’s the harm in that? Looking back at it, I’ve realized something very important: next time I have an hour to kill, I’m going to find a crossword puzzle instead.
The Dragonball Z franchise has not been known for good movies, and Movie III is not an exception to the rule. So what does it have? Well, the fights are a joy to watch. The explosions are crisp, punches and kicks land with a satisfying slam and Son Goku enjoys his yelling and powering-up special attacks. Fun, fun, fun… until you realize it’s not as good as it should be.
The majority of the action takes place between Son Goku and Taurus’ renegades, thus destroying any use for the rest of Goku’s buddies. This is definitely a case where more does not mean better. Speaking of more, talk about a large and uninteresting cast; the good guys are all target practice, the bad guys are smiling, underestimating goons and Taurus is the very annoying, overlord type (not one of seiyuu Nozawa Masako’s best works). So who does that leave us? Son Goku… “great.”
This is one of those five-minute movies that was needlessly stretched out to fill a typical theatrical length. If you’ve seen the series, then you’ve seen the movie. If you just have to see a Dragonball Z movie or have an hour to kill, then look around. With a franchise as big as this one, you don’t have a lack of other choices.