Shockingly bad. Rushed pacing (basically a 90 minute montage) horrendous characterizations, Ryuk is a joke. They didn't even try to explore the already established and deep psychological/philosophical character motivations. If you love the anime this will make you squirm and if you haven't seen the anime you should watch it and avoid this movie.
The neon lights and pouring rain, the synth-pop soundtrack, the mentally unbalanced teenage lovers creating a global cult to their death god - even when it feels like "The Guest"-lite, it's still fairly compelling stuff for me, particularly coming after the found footage misfire of "Blair Witch." Though it's clear Wingard's fascination lies with Light and his uberfrau girlfriend rather than L, who underwhelms here.
the whole thing was comedic gold, I couldn't stop laughing at the inconsistencies and terrible dialogue and changes to the actual idea and stories. also what the deal with the 80s love songs every 2 seconds at unnecessary moments?
Despite my quibble that L should have dark eyeliner, they made a significant improvement by choosing a student for the female lead instead of the vapid pop star in the other versions. I also have a bit of a problem with Light trying to be good. Part of the point of the show is what having the book does to him.
WOW so they took death note, then changed the personalities of all the characters, white washed them, randomly killed his mom, literally changed the death note rules and the entire plot, and made Light the victim and the girl the bad guy...good job netflix, good job
I can't help but see in the message boards of Death Note 2017 hatred a consequence of why Marvel/comic films are so safe. Deviation will be punished. I actually enjoyed this, although it gets increasingly silly with L's intro. There is a montage near the start which should have been the whole film; two teens young and dumb, high on love and murder. With his pop sensibilities Wingard excels in that spot. 2.5
Really tricky to dissect. Wingard is a master of the camera ultimately, usually marrying the art, mechanics & mastery of great 80's auteurs with nostalgia, mood & taste which he does finely here. A great cast & score is added but the plot of Death Note is so tricky to follow that none of these boxes ticked help. Nods to Ginger Snaps, Hellraiser, The Hitcher, Heathers, even Final Destination. Watchable but infuriating