On the bright side, it’s not awful. It’s not really all that good, either, though. Which is a shame since there’s really a lot of potential in the movie. And it’s even more frustrating since the movie is clearly set up for sequels that I’m not sure it’s gonna get considering the quality of this film. Death Note is Netflix’s latest original movie and is a somewhat loose adaptation of the Manga of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. In Netflix’s adaptation (written by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, and Jeremy Slater and directed by Adam Wingard), the action is moved from Japan to Seattle and follows Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook (and the god of death that accompanies it, Ryuk (voice and facial motion capture by William Dafoe, physical actions by Jason Liles)) that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L (Lakeith Stanfield). (As always, this will contain spoilers.)
Netflix has released the first trailer for its adaptation of Death Note and I gotta say that I am pumped. I’m fine with any changes they make, as long as it works in the context of the movie and makes the movie stronger. I always felt like the anime and manga didn’t explore the concept quite in depth enough. So much of it was about L trying to catch Light and not enough was put into exploring how the death note impacts someone who uses it, and the utter damage they can cause. It looks like this movie might explore that some, and if that’s the case, color me excited.
Bring on August 25 when Death Note premieres on Netflix!