Dragonball Evolution: A Movie You Forgot Exists

Dragonball Evolution review on Christian Movie Podcast Cinematic Doctrine
Dragonball Evolution – A Movie You Forgot Exists

Happy Piccolo day! Melanie and Melvin check out the long forgotten Hollywood live-action adaption of Dragonball!


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 41-minutes discussing what makes Anime/Manga live-action adaptions so difficult to adapt, what unique characteristics separate the mediums, and what Anime/Manga would make a good live-action adaption (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 
  • What background do Melanie and Melvin have with the Dragonball franchise?
  • The start of Dragonball Evolution is an info dump that immediately confounds the movie. Melvin cross examines the Dragonball Evolution canon against the actual Dragonball canon.
  • Dragonball Evolution’s general sense of setting and location is all over the place, and it never permits its audience a solid footing. Is it set on Earth? Is this a fantasy continent? What time period is it?
  • There is one truly great thing that has come from Dragonball Evolution and it’s a goofy edit someone made for YouTube. Here it is.
  • Dragonball Evolution infrequently contains somewhat intriguing setting design choices, such as Master Roshi’s house, but most of the time the movie is unpleasant to look at.


Justin Chatwin and

Dragonball Evolution is Rated PG for intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language. It features Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Chow Yun-Fat, Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, Joon Park, Eriko TAmura, Randall Duk Kim, and Ernie Hudson. Directed by James Wong. Dragonball Evolution is available here.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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