Netflix has recently released the film adaptation of the anime ‘Death Note’ and I will admit that despite the fact that I enjoyed it, it fails to capture the essence.
‘Death Note’ tells the story of a teenager, Light Turner, who comes across a mystical note book that gives him the power to kill. Soon, the teenager turns himself into a vigilante and starts being pursued by a famous detective known as ‘L’.
If you didn’t know, I really love the anime, I think the idea of a Death Note is brilliant so when I learned that Netflix was making it into a live-action movie, I got very excited.
I personally loved the acting, I loved the gory scenes, I loved the visuals and I loved the fact that ‘Mia’ is a psychotic girlfriend and not just a ‘Kira fan’.
However, I think that they rushed the story and that everything happened too fast: they condensed the information into a one hour and a half movie so I felt like there was a lot missing, even my friend who hasn’t watched the anime thinks that. The story is way to complicated and developed to make it into a one hour and a half movie so they should have constructed it in a smarter way or make it into a 2 hour and a half movie.
Moreover, I wished they focused more on the story of the death note itself rather than on the story of Light’s relationship with Mia. I mean the whole story is about the death note and Ryuk [the demon] so the least they could have done is explain where the death note comes from and give more importance to the god of death. Like I said, they failed to capture the essence, they made the whole film only about Light and Mia whereas the story is also about Light and L, about the death note and about Ryuk.
Talking about Light and L; I didn’t feel enough tension between the two characters, they didn’t give enough time for the relation between L and Light to develop, and I think the whole investigation on ‘Kira’ went way too fast.
In conclusion, I think the main problem with this film is that they didn’t take their time to tell the story and that they missed the whole point of it. I don’t think you’ll lose anything if you watch it, it’s pretty entertaining and I enjoyed it so if you have a Netflix account, go watch it.
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