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Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Poster Image
Fast-paced, violent anime adventure builds to epic battle.
  • PG
  • 2019
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

We think this movie stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The importance of teamwork, self-control, courage are explored.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Goku and Vegeta, the remaining Saiyans, have desire to protect one another, defend their ways. They work very hard to perfect their skills and are disciplined warriors. Easily recognized villains, with exception of Broly, who's more of a complicated character because of his secluded upbringing.

Violence

Many epic battles between Saiyan warriors and others -- a couple of times it's limited to sparring, but mostly it's life-or-death situations. Lots of hand-to-hand combat, some killing in a manner reminiscent of Death Star wiping out an entire planet; Frieza purposely destroys nearly all of the Saiyans. Though violence isn't super graphic, murders are committed at close range, and a ruler causes mass genocide of a people who've been deemed a threat.

Sex

Male characters are depicted in hyper-masculine, muscled way, and female characters are extremely curvy, with visible cleavage. Someone looks at Broly shirtless and says "oh my" suggestively.

Language

A few uses of words including "bastard," "moron," "idiot," "dumb ass," "hell," "shut up," "buffoon," "crap," "dammit," and "damn."

Consumerism

Nothing on camera, but movie is based on anime series that's launched a lot of merchandise: video games, figurines, apparel, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Super: Broly is based on the (dubbed) Japanese anime adventure series. Following the origins of fan-favorite character Broly​​​​, the movie also features protagonist Goku and regulars such as Vegeta and Bulma, as well as the evil Frieza. The story includes lots of violence; nearly a third of the movie consists of a super-long fight between Broly and Goku/Vegeta. In addition to the many scenes of hand-to-hand combat, there's also mass genocidal destruction, sparring, murder, and deadly weapon use. Language includes occasional insults like "bastard," "moron," "idiot," and "dumb ass," but there's no sex -- just hyper-muscled male characters (who are often shirtless) and curvy, cleavage-sporting female characters. Amid all the fighting, the importance of teamwork, self-control, and courage are explored.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+ year old Written bySircjalot January 20, 2019

Just as good if not better than the original Broly movie!

few uses of cuss words such as H***, and D*mn. 1 or two uses of B**tard. And in one scene, Vegeta calls Goku a Dumba**. this movie is far less violent when com... Continue reading
Adult Written byEGk1 January 20, 2019

Welcome To A New World Of Dragon Ball!

Throughout this film, the animation and the voice acting is exceptionally well contructed and put together, the fight scenes are very well choreographed and if... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byameonna February 4, 2019

Good movie, love goku

I’m an anime fan but not really too big into DBZ. I went to see this in theaters and it was very good. I wish they had the subtitled japanese version instead of... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 2, 2019

Very good anime film

Ever since i saw the listing for this film on Fandango my mind was super interested in this! I finally got to watch it and it sorta lived up to my expectations.... Continue reading

What's the story?

DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY is a feature-length movie that explores the character of Broly (voiced by Vic Mignogna), the powerful Saiyan warrior who has a devoted following among Dragon Ball fans. The story follows how the Saiyan king Vegeda ​​​​exiled the powerful Broly as a baby, with Broly's father, Paragus (Dameon Clarke), following him to a far-off planet. But after the villainous ruler Frieza (Chris Ayres) wipes out all of the Saiyan home planet, the few Saiyans to survive include King Vegeda's young heir, Vegeda (Christopher Sabat), lead warrior Bardok's son Kakarot/Goku (Sean Schemmel), and the exiled Broly. Years later, while Goku and Vegeda live on and protect Earth, the resurrected Frieza searches for all of the dragon balls and discovers that Broly and Paragus have been found. Frieza convinces Paragus to use Broly's unparalleled power to fight Goku and Vegeda on Earth. 

Is it any good?

This self-contained film is definitely geared toward existing franchise fans, who will cheer for the characters, appreciate the backstories and inside jokes, and fully understand the plot. Uninitiated viewers can still enjoy Dragon Ball Super: Broly, particularly if they're young and/or easily delighted by supersized battle sequences (the climactic battle is more than 30 minutes long!), but they won't "get" the movie like true fans will. Parents with kids who are unaware of the show may not see the appeal of the movie, but teens and young adults who've grown up watching the anime series will be keen to see Broly as the focus of the movie.

The plot is fairly thin because it's all a lead-up to the epic battle between Broly and Vegeta and Goku. Broly is brooding and misunderstood, having been brought up far from any civilization, whereas Vegeta and Goku present a classic odd-couple bromance. The big fight sequence is ridiculously long, but it's full of several transformations, and it levels up enough to please those used to these characters going into Super Saiyan beast mode. Considering it lasts so long, the battle is clearly what fans want to see. Bottom line? If the thought of one long animated battle sounds like fun, this is for you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Is it glorified? Is it necessary to the story? Does animated violence affect viewers differently than live-action violence?

  • Who do you think the movie's intended audience is? Do you need to be an existing fan of the Dragon Ball universe to enjoy it? Why or why not?

  • Who, if anyone, is a role model in the movie? What character strengths do they display?

  • Some fans have compared Broly to Boba Fett. Do you think that's an accurate comparison? Why do you think fans find Broly so appealing?

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