Death Note movie was released on Netflix today (25/08/2017), I have literally just finished the series and have a few things to say about the series as it’s currently fresh in my head. If you’ve yet to watch it, go ahead and do so or you can read this before as I’ll try to keep it relatively spoiler free.
Lets get right into it. Death Note movie from Netflix was a little disappointing. It felt like the movie itself is waiting for Death Note 2 to end the series and bring everything back into a nice little loop. This isn’t even the biggest problem the movie faces.
Lets start at the beginning when we’re introduced to Light and the book, there is very little context to the book and why Light would even take it. The movie also played Light as the geek or nerd who gets beat up by the bullies, and when he discovers the powers of the book, he somehow gains confidence to somehow date the “hottest” cheerleader in school.
I perfectly understand that this adaption of a Japanese movie is for an American audience, but I don’t get how fans of the original anime, manga, and previous movies are supposed to add this to their collective fandom of the overall series. The directors/producers tried to mix in too much with Light and Misa that they forgot the essence of what makes Death Note so good.
I recently read a tweet which mentioned “OG Light: Used the Death Note to create a new world order out of having god delusions” while “Netflix Light: Uses the Death Note to get laid” this tweet perfectly emulates why this person is so damn right. Light is supposed to be a smart person who directly and indirectly battles against L, none of which was seen here.
I should mention that I have yet to read the manga and properly watch the anime, so my opinions might not have much weight to them, but from my experience with anime’s and real life movies of them, I can tell that this was a bit of a fuck up on part with Netflix. You can trust them to pull out some original shows, but adaption just aren’t their thing.
Getting back to the review, what I initially liked about the Japanese movie was how it largely focused on the rules of the book and how the game is played. L and Light managed to pull out some really crazy tactics which only he could come up with because it involved some next level stuff. But this movie disregarded all of that and went with basic level killing, Ryuk would be so disappointed.
On the topic of Ryuk, I genuinely think that he was cast well, Willem Dafoe has to be the perfect western cast for Ryuk, his voice, face and everything in the middle is perfect for him. Although, I would have liked to get a clearer image of Ryuk in action, especially so we could see him a little more detailed. Nevertheless, Willem Dafoe couldn’t possibly save this sinking ship. On top of which, this movie should have not been a PG, rather I hoped they’d heat up the movie to 15 or even 18.
I really hope Netflix doesn’t throw more money at this show as I feel like they’ll just do it anyways. Rather, I wouldn’t mind for them to go back to the drawing boards and use the concept of a Death Note and create a whole new story surrounding it. Obviously following the rules of the Death Note, but this time we’ll see new characters and a new story. It would have been perfect it was done this from the start instead of following a classic they could never get up to.
I’d like to give Netflix’s Death Note a:
5.5 out of 10
Anyways, I’ve had my time to talk, what do you think about this series from Netflix? Have you seen the movie, if so go ahead and comment down below telling me and others what you think about Netflix’s Death Note.