1-2. Leans too heavily into the romantic connection between Light and Mi(s)a, essentially turning this piece into a 'Final Destination'-style pulp horror flick revolving around a 'Bonnie & Clyde' dynamic that doesn't quite work out. The movie sports a pervasive sense of style that hits just as much as it misses, and the premise lacks the time and the 'heart' that the original anime and manga had.
I was worried this would be pedestrian, but the pacing quickly assured me away from that fear. Wingard quickly jumps past the basic premise to something more extreme and pseudo-political/philosophical. Alas, instead of digging in there he keeps jumping and somehow ends up back at something more generic. Absolutely no justification for the 80's aesthetic.
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
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.
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.