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.)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has finally returned to our screens! Today, Netflix debuted the new season of MST3K subtitled The Return. In celebration of the new episodes, I’ll be reviewing the host segments of each episode of the season! Obviously, there will be spoilers ahead for the season, so don’t read this if you don’t want the Host Segments spoiled for you!
As this will end up being a long post, let me start off by talking about my impressions of the season as a whole. (more…)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is the continuation of the cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show that lampooned cheesy B-movies and aired for 10 seasons on Comedy Central and SciFi (Now SyFy). The reboot follows the same premise as the original: two mad scientists, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day), daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester, and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt) capture a young worker from Gizmonic Institute, Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) and force him to watch cheesy movies in order to find the perfect movie for them to take over the world with. To keep his sanity, Jonah enlists the help of some robots on the Satellite of Love, Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) and Crow T Robot (Hampton Yount), to riff the movies with him.
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!