What is going on everybody, this is Tyuno. If you’re an anime fan then I’m assumed that you have heard about the new American version movie of Death Note currently streaming on Netflix. Most fans of the series have had questionable doubts about this film, mainly because of how the movie doesn’t look nothing like the anime. But of course, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. So on August 25, I sat back and watch this so-called live adaptation and I have to say after watch this Netflix movie, it is nothing like the popular anime that I grew up watching. This was a whole different Death Note that has nothing to do source material. As I watch this movie I try to find out similarity from the anime and the movie, but it was very hard to do so. So why is this movie is now consider one of the worst anime adaptation, here is what I think about this original Netflix movie.
There’s not a lot of good things to say about this movie. The only good thing about this movie is the performance of Willem Dafoe as Ryuk. I think Dafoe was a great choice to voice the shinigami, because of Dafoe’s sinister voice that he use in Spider Man. Even though the character is different from its anime counterpart, I still enjoy the Ryuk in the live adaptation.
Where do I start with the problems that I had with this so-called live adaptation of Death Note. Now I know there are a ton of people who are a fan of the anime series have already said their opinions on this movie. Here are some of my complains from my perspective of this movie. First of all as I stated before, the movie doesn’t use any source material from the anime or the manga. The depiction of the each key characters are totally wrong. The main character Light, who is known for his intelligence and evil intentions to cleanse the world of evil and declare himself as a God of a new world in the anime, is seen as an ordinary, non-special troubled emo kid. He does uses the Death Note to kill evil people and wants to become a God, but it seems that he doesn’t have a clear goal and this version of Light seems weak unlike the anime version. Misa in the anime is obsessed with Light and is willing to do anything to be with him. However in the Netflix version, Misa does falls for Light, but soon become controlling and starts manipulating Light. The relationship of Light and Misa in the movie reminded me of Bonnie and Clyde, the two are in love because they love killing. Of course this is very different from the anime and manga. When they revealed the characters “L” as African-American, I was OK with it. I don’t mind if a character’s race is changed, as long as they as true to their character. At first, I though this version of “L” was almost close to the source material. but toward the end of the movie I was totally wrong. “L” in the anime and manga was a master strategist who uses his intelligence to take on the mind of Kira. But in this Netflix version, L is easily triggered with emotions and starts going on a revenge warpath again Light. I felt like this shouldn’t have been a movie, but a short episodic series on Netflix. This movie felt rushed, trying to mash everything into one hour. It feels like the director was trying to “water down” his version of Death Note, so it would be easier for the American audience to understand.
Overall, the Netflix version of Death Note is just bad. I feel like the director didn’t want to use any of the source materials from the anime or the manga, but decided to write his version of Death Note like a fan fiction story. This movie has nothing to do with the original Death Nite story. If you’re a fan of the Death Note franchise, then you’ll be highly upset if you watch this movie so I advise you to pass on this movie. This is another example of how not to adapt an anime into a live-action movie in America. That’s all I have to say for now. Thank you for reading this review. Until next time, “Be Easy and Stay Epic!”