Reviews: Dragon Ball Z Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan
The epitome of Dragon Ball movie villains
Most people know the story: Broly was a baby with a power level of 10,000, King Vegeta knew this could be trouble for him so he kinda maybe tries to kill his dad Paragus and then stabs Broly to death... ...only NOT because he's "The legendary Super Saiyan" guys! What follows is the longest Dragon Ball movie until Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods at an hour and 10 minutes, all about Broly's dad Paragus trying to wipe out Vegeta in revenge for what his old pappy did to him. What we get is the plot dragging its feet, until finally- -BROLY OPENS UP A CAN OF GRADE A-PLUS PREMIUM ORGANIC NO-GMO FREE TRADE GLUTEN FREE WHOOP-ASS! DESTROYING EVERY ONE OF THE Z-WARRIORS, IN A CURBSTOMP TO THE END ALL MOTHERF#CKING CURBSTOMPS! But Broly isn't an exceptionally interesting character. Hell, the fact is he's as shallow as they come with his Gary Stu 10,000 power level as a baby, inexplicably Legendary Super Saiyan status, and a motivation so silly in contrast to his demeanor and tone of the film, that it gives us J.K. Simmons levels of whiplash. However what the movie does have going for it is its animation, its length and its place in the franchise. The battles here are brutal and at the time this story was plenty original. It's a harmless movie on its own with plenty of cool factor, and in Broly's design while a bit ridiculous does certainly have a menace to it. And "The Legendary Super Saiyan" appearing in the form of a major threat to our heroes was a cool concept, especially at a time in the series where Super Saiyans were still relatively fresh. But the fact is, it takes way too long to get to the meat of things and the villain really does resemble the worst parts of the franchise that are all about power levels, muscles and over the top violence. Which isn't to say you can't enjoy those things but it really does ignore some of the more charming/enriching parts of what makes up the heart of Dragon Ball. It's just power and violence for the sake of it and that really doesn't go very far.