Death Note starts out with an intriguing narrative hook and unique character complication, but never gets out of neutral with its central right vs. wrong conflicts. Light and Mia are too power-hungry and self-serving for far too long, making them undeserving of empathy and leaving the story with little moral lesson outside of basicalities.
Whoever made the connection to the Final Destination series was on to something; this feels like the best Final Destination movie ever made (which probably isn't saying much!) Nonetheless, the film does at least attempt to grapple with its themes of morality & culpability, while its teen protagonists, gory set-pieces & synth-pop soundtrack place it fairly close to 80s horror franchises like A Nightmare on Elm Street.
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?
BAHAHAHAAHAHAHA JESUS THIS IS THE BIGGEST SERIOUS JOKE WTF ADAM??!! I hate those flashbacks, poor story and Nat Wollf masyaoloh artis sinetron lu yak BUT ONLY GENIUS WILL USE AIR SUPPLY POWER OF LOVE AND CHICAGO. GOD IM ENTERTAINED. L is the best thing for sure
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