The big budget live action and Hollywood version of Death Note is finally here. This Japanese manga/anime adaptation of the same name Death Note is directed by Adam Wingard is currently streaming on Netflix. The reviews have not been so good but let’s talk about in depth about the movie.
If you have already seen the Death Note Anime then I strongly elaborate that the movie is just an adaptation and not the same as it is in Anime/Manga. The nature of the characters are totally different from the Anime most of them are quite opposite, I’d say.
The movie just simply ruins the things that we loved from the Anime, where if it’s Light’s evilness or L’s calmness and deducing techniques. The movie has a different storyline considering the L trying to catch Light remains the same. The movie moves really fast and does not keep track of its pace which makes you think “How the hell is this happening so quickly?”.
The movie tries so hard to tell us the another perspective of the original Anime but simply fails. The reason is that original Anime is so much compelling and thrilling that you might as well just binge watch it. The movie plot is poorly written and the deduction made by L or any other character just doesn’t make much of a sense and does not give any explaining. This could be the another example of how Hollywood ruins the Anime adaptation just like Dragon Ball Z.
The acting is not that good and the casting choice just doesn’t seem right but the one cast they had was Willem Dafoe as the Ryuk is perfect. Willem Dafoe as Ryuk is really a dream cast (So does Joker). The gesture and the laugh and all just matches to the original. The fact that Ryuk suppose to be neutral as in not with Light neither against him, they wrote it in way that Ryuk actually forces Light to write a name in the first place and it just doesn’t make sense “Why the hell would Ryuk threaten Light?”.
Now for the people who have not watched the anime and want to watch the movie. I would recommend that you can just simply ignore this and watch the Anime because it is so so so much better and after that for change or new perspective you can watch the movie. The movie is not THAT bad, there are some moments which are pretty cool and watching a movie on this huge scale and budget is different as well. The fact is the live action Death Note movie did not do justice to such a popular and widely loved Anime Death Note.
(It is difficult to distinguish both anime and movie as they both have same name but I tried, hush!)
Final Review: 5/10