The story revolves around Beerus The Destroyer awakening from his decades of godly napping and searching for the rumored “Super Saiyan God,” which is news to everyone but the dragon, Shenlong. Beerus finds Goku training with King Kai (of course) and makes his way to Vegeta and all the Z fighters at Bulma’s birthday party. A sideplot involves child-aged Emperor Pilaf and friends trying to steal the Dragonballs but being thwarted by little boy Trunks (who appears to be crushing on Mai). Near the climax, Vegeta’s best efforts to keep Beerus happy with tasty buffet foods end with a final battle between Goku and Beerus (who didn’t get pudding, so he decides to destroy Earth).
The story seems about as straightforward as every other Dragonball Z plot, which is pretty expected. Whether it’s Garlic Jr., Freiza, or even the Saibaimen and Cell Jr., the stories are simple and it’s the nuances that set each saga apart from every other. Keeping that in mind, Battle Of Gods elevates the typical premise of endless power-ups and fighting to a very fun romp in the Dragonball Z world (with fighting) – it does so by bringing a truly entertaining enemy to the table. We also get the blend of characters you definitely wanted to see again and personalities that shine through better at times than in the actual show. We get some mild swearing from Goku and Vegeta, and believe me, it’s pretty amazingly satisfying to hear them yell “DAMMIT” in frustration when nothing they try against Beerus seems to work.
The downsides to the story were few and far between but present nonetheless: the main one being the screaming deus ex machina enabling Goku to become the Super Saiyan God (you’ll have to see it to find out what though). The film also showed off some cool 3D scenery with 2D fighting over it, which honestly is the weakest part of the whole thing. 3D just doesn’t fit into the animated paint-like style of the Dragonball Z world, at least not for me. It’s the kind of effect that screams, “LOOK DRAGONBALL Z IS BEING A MOVIE RIGHT NOW” and totally detracts from the experience. It was only sparingly peppered in, thankfully saving the movie from a bigger downfall.
Beerus image: http://dbzf.co.uk/topic/8456241/1/
Pilaf and Co.: http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:SSJ4_Vegito/Dragon_Ball_Z:_Battle_of_Gods_a_GT_haters_worst_nightmare%3F