Before I start I would just like to say that there are spoilers involved so be warned!
When I first saw the trailer for Netflix’s Death Note, I was filled with excitement. I mean come on, look at this? It is amazing!
The movie is based around Light Turner (Nat Wolff), who is a high school student that is quite a loner and bullied by many of the other students. He had recently lost his mother due to a man killing him. His father, who is a cop, was also immensely upset about this, however Light had not forgiven him failing to bring his mothers killer to justice. Then one day, a mysterious notebook had fallen next to him, with the words ‘Death Note’ written on the cover. After flipping through the pages, Light is greeted by Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe), a demon of death, who informs him of the power that’s bestowed upon him through this book: if Light writes someone’s name in the book, they will die.
Light starts off his killings small by disposing of one of the school bullies. Then he has approached by Mia (Margaret Qualley), a fellow classmate, and he is eager to share his secret with her, and together they form a relationship and expand their killings to bigger targets, such as murders, rapists etc. They soon named themselves ‘Kira’, to which most people started applauded. That is however, until the law started getting involved. The targeted murders grabbed the attention of L (Lakeith Stanfield) who is determined to uncover Kira and how exactly these deaths are occurring.
Initially, the movie started off promising. It showed a dark and twisted nature in people that can be bought out even through the intentions of good. Ryuk is portrayed as manipulative as in the anime and manga. The cultural twist is a nice touch to the genre, where the root is still somehow integrated.
However, there were several discussions about the choice of actors for Light and L, with many disagreeing of the choice. At first, I was very pleased with Ryuk and the way he was developed. However, I must agree with many in disagreeing with the choice of Light and L. I did keep an open mind when watching the movie, but they just didn’t cut it for me. I found the acting very forced; for example, where L is meant to be constantly on a sugar high but relaxed, he does not seem it in this movie.
There was little interaction between Light and Ryuk as there is in the anime and manga, as well as the relationship between the two is very rushed. There is also the very clumsy explanation of how the name Kira was developed. Overall, the movie seemed very rushed, with no development of character or even relationships. The change from good to bad was very drastic, as well as the change in temperament for both leading characters.
However, this is my own opinion and I cannot determine how you will feel about it. So, why don’t you give it a watch and let me know what you think?
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