Directed by Adam Wingard. It had a nice edgy stylish feel to it. With a good picture composition and a mix of a modern-day Pan’s Labyrinth with some other stuff I can’t figure out yet, I’ll say it’s entertaining and even funny at times.
I’m not familiar with the Japanese version of the story, therefore I can’t relate much nor make good comparison with the original version. I do have to say, not entirely sure how to feel about the story. What moved me, if anything within the story really did.
Ryuk, The Dead God.
Ryuk (Wilem Dafoe) gave a comic tone to the film, even though he was supposed to be the “evil thing”, the nightmare of the town, once Mia began showing her psychopathic and obsessive behavior with the book and its power, it became clear who was really the evil one.
At first I was unease with Light Turner (Nat Wolff). He didn’t convince me at first of being a loner, bullied schooler. Especially a guy who hustles with the entire football team taking their exams and passing them all. I mean, you’ve got to be pretty damn awesome to accomplish these kinds of things while in high school. Everybody would love you for it.
Mia Sutton (Margaret Qualley), the turned crazy girlfriend. I think she actually gave Light Turner the edge, the push that otherwise he wouldn’t have had, and the film would have probably concluded the same way it started, uninteresting at best and super boring at worst. Her silent psychopathic energy brought more excitement that the damn Magna “Evil creepy thing”.
“L”, the underground/low-key detective.
“L” (Lakeith Standfield) had me excited on the first 20 minutes into his story. Introduced as a super savvy underground or low-key agent, and the only black guy in the film. I expected a better outcome to his story. In my defense, I’m not familiar with the original story, so I can only express my objective opinion into what I saw and how I felt about it, while watching the film. In the end, I felt that L simply was a lost soul.
We all know that movies are all about captivating and entertaining an audience of moviegoers, who are always craving for the next thrilling drama or horror story, engaged and hungry for more. Perhaps, Death Note will do just that.
Whether hardcore fans of the original story will welcome all the tweaking, including the All-American cast, it’s yet to be seen.