DeathNote the most loved and popular Anime and Manga series is back as a movie. Light Turner (Nat Wolf) the character which brings the series into life holds a book known as the DeathNote which is a magical notebook. As in the anime, the book dictates that anyone who has control over it can serve justice as they deem. The book is brought into Light’s possession after it falls from the sky just like in the series. And Of course, they haven’t forgotten the Shinigami God ‘Ryuk‘, his entry was quite cinematic.
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Cast and Crew Of DeathNote:
Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Nat Wolf, Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, Ryuk, Paul Nakauchi
Producers: Jason Hoffs, Roy Lee, Dan Lin
( Spoilers Ahead )
Light uses a pseudo name “Kira” to disguise himself. Kira goes on to kill more than 400 criminals which eventually catches the attention of the police, task force and the public. The character portrayed by Wolff does not give a proper picture of a person planning a murder.The main reason why Light takes the book into consideration is that his mother was murdered by someone so he had a desire to do justice to his mother’s death. Light’s main goal is to kill the people who are committing a crime and who do bad things to others. The first death of the movie doesn’t take up much time as Light tries out the book for the first time and kills one of his schoolmates who was bullying a girl at the moment as Light was watching from upstairs. The death of the student was through decapitation which was disturbing.
Light shares the secret of the book with his girlfriend Mia (Margaret Qualley) who plays a very important role in the movie. Mia the beautiful girl from the high school cheerleader team approaches Light to talk and they get into a relationship with the latter hanging around a lot at lights apartment and they eventually start writing down names into the book. Mia’s desire to help Light kill the criminals was not explained. She comes out more as a teenager who has unsettled issues.
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Talking about characters, The character of L (Keith Stanfield) has been tweaked with. In the anime, L was shown as a calm and intelligent person however in the movie he comes out a little strong. They haven’t forgotten to add Watari to help out L in his ventures. One of the main characters from the Manga was missing, “N” who had a big impact in the series, he is not introduced in the movie makeover, which is a little disappointing to its fans.
Ryuk the God of Death who is voiced by Williem Dafoe had barely any screen time. The apple-eating Shinigami looks quite genuine and the voice fits perfectly. Although, there is a lack of motivation provided by Ryuk when compared to the series.
The Cinematography of the movie was quite up to the mark, the location chosen and the weather was quite pleasant.
In a nutshell, the movie does not do justice to the series. The movie seems to be rushed a lot, although we can cut them some slack since they had to consolidate 37 episodes into a 1hr 40min movie. If we do not watch it while comparing to the series it’s actually quite good.
Check Out Twitter Reactions For DeathNote 2017 Movie:
— 9th (@Dae_Mescudi) August 25, 2017
Light in the manga/anime: *hides the death note with his life*
— save death note (@sappyoongi) August 25, 2017
DeathNote streams on Netflix from 25th August 2017
Rating: 3/5 ???