Son Goku (Dragonball Evolution)

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Nappa: Vegeta, what does the scouter saying about this fake Kakarot's power level?
Vegeta: It's..not over 9000/8000.
Nappa: What, that's impossible!
Gender: Male
Type: Character in name only
Age: 18
Species: Saiyan
Portrayed by: Justin Chatwin
Status: Alive
Media of Origin: Dragonball Evolution

Goku (悟空) is a fictional character in the 2009 film Dragonball Evolution.

This article will only focused on the Live-Action version of the character portrayed by actor Justin Chatwin.

Why This Version of Goku Sucked

  1. Chatwin's portrayal of Goku has almost nothing to do with the classic beloved anime hero.
    • In the original manga and anime, Goku is a naive 12-year-old kid who has no idea what a girl is and never had any proper schooling in favor of kung fu and karate at Turtle School, but in this film, Goku is an angsty bullied 18-year-old high school student who already has a crush on Chi-Chi (Chung). He also is a disrespectful team captain who is racist and sings in high school instead of the iconic character and warrior from the show.
    • In a scene where Goku uses the Kamehameha, he randomly starts flying up into Lord Piccolo for no reason whatsoever.
    • For some strange reason, this version tries to steal the Airbending technique from Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is just... pointless!
    • He gets killed by an ordinary bullet, while in both the original manga and the anime series, bullets barely affected him to the point where they felt like mere bee stings.
    • The original version was a good-hearted Saiyan who although had an obsession with fighting doesn't often want to harm others and is mainly a pacifist who wants to protect his loved ones, while this version is a cocky, whiny high-schooler who's more interested in beating up the bullies who treated him poorly and getting the girl (Chi-Chi) than actually doing anything good.
  2. Justin Chatwin's acting in the movie is horrendous, directionless, and super lifeless. Not to mention that Justin was miscast due to the fact that Goku was never white or an american.
  3. He's one of the many victims of terrible fight choreography. For example, in one fight, Goku somehow slides across a car using his head. And then there's all those CGI hand attack jesters that look like farts more than anything.
  4. He gets a lot of cliched and poorly-written lines, something that the original Goku would never say.
    • Even his lines are indeed super lifeless like "Dragon! The test of seven has been fulfilled!"
  5. The romance between him and Chi-Chi is very forced and hadn't felt properly earned.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. His iconic Orange Turtle School uniform and hair style are good and much faithful.
  2. He was a much better character outside of the movie.


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