Film Review: Death Note (2017)

By Jordan Samuel

Death Note (2017) is the second Hollywood attempt at bringing live-action anime to our screens, with Netflix paying the bills. But after the failure of previous efforts, does the strange but popular IP favor in a new format? Find out as Jordan Samuel brings the official review

Film Review: Death Note

A young man comes to possess a supernatural notebook, the Death Note, that grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. He then decides to use the notebook to kill criminals and change the world, with the help of his classmate, who shares his ideas, but an enigmatic detective attempts to track him down and end his reign of terror.

Death Note is the creation of both Tsugumi Ohba (story writer) and Takeshi Obata (characters), which propelled to fame during the mid-2000s as it’s dark tone was stepped away from lighter manga. I’ve always enjoyed Death Note (2003) both manga and the later anime series, it was more of an adult show with serious themes.

The whole idea of controlling another person’s mortality was horrifying yet gripping. Despite shortcomings in later issues, the series always stayed relevant in anime culture and even blowing up in the west: spawning its own Japanese live-action movie series.

It’s becoming more common seeing big budget anime pictures with various projects in production (Alita: Battle Angel, Robotech, and Naruto), recently Ghost in the Shell (2017) disappointed audiences and fans with a mixed result. Perhaps this whole new wave of Hollywood adaptations will lead into something good, but all hope vanished with the recent flops.

Japanese movie adaptations were hit and miss, focusing a bit much on being identical to the source material with fans not warming towards these live-action takes on signature characters. the manga ran for 108 chapters and original anime ran for years, with hardcore fans delving into various

So, when it was announced that Hollywood would be developing a US version, I wondered maybe they could do something different? Let’s find out if Death Note (2017) retains the franchise ideas in a new updated version.

Death Note (2017) is a meandering disappointment, throwing away the intelligent writing and odd characters seen in the original manga- for a failing high school student’s movie project this alienating hardcore fans. I was looking forward to the big screen adaptation of Death Note because it could have been an original movie with few changes to the source material.

The final results end up at a quality level comparable to a straight-to-DVD release from earlier years, as upcoming young adult director Adam Wingard (The Guest) gives audiences a mediocre version of the cult Japanese animated series and manga. Filmed without the heart and reasoning, with all the originality thrown out the window Death Note is a barely watchable filler on the world’s biggest streaming service.

Adam Wingard gets his chance to bring a new series to the masses but ends up rehashing the already despised Japanese live-action versions with cringe worthy depictions of beloved characters Go to the full article.

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