Film adaptations of the graphic medium. Especially Japanese Manga to live action cinema transitions has seemingly proven time and time again to be difficult endeavors. Doing nothing but display the fact that American film studios have little to no idea what anime fans actually want.
Buying up franchises we hold near and dear to us and delivering nothing but incoherent unrecognizable garbage in comparison to the real thing. American Cinema has become the knock off brand and Netflix’s adaptation of Death Note has no saving graces.
Tsugumi Ohba’s Graphic Novel set a standard in every medium. Centering around High School prodigy Light Yagami as he aspires to god like status punishing those he deems fit with the supernatural Death Note.
It was dark complex and had meticulous details. Straight to the point with every punch of its crime thriller elements. Showing us how power corrupts the brightest of minds and how morals bend in a sacrifice of vision of a new world.
Everything in the novelization had an intricate premise and point. Something the movie seemed to be completely devoid of. In comparison to its manga counterpart, the film was nothing but a cheap rushed cash grab that lacked every major character development and the plot twist that was the very essence of the entire series.
The whole film seemed just to be a hodge podge of what they could make of the original story. A make shift collage that cut every creative corner and outlet imaginable to reach a climax. Light Turner, the American protagonist played by former Naked Brother Nat Wolf reduces the cold calculatory character of Light to nothing more than a whimpering screaming child that is utterly careless in concealing his intentions let alone his crimes of mass murder.
Mia Sutton played by Margeret Qualley. America’s counter part of the model and second Kira Misa Amane also keeps up the spirit of resembling absolutely nothing of the character she is based on. Completely removing her dynamic of having her own Death Note and Shinigami further straying from crucial parts of the original story line.
Chop and cut is a literal understatement for this movie as in prevalently cutting out the actual plot twists and replacing them with nothing but death scenes and cheap bouts of chintzy comedy that make it wreak of a Final Destination rip off.
Even in a fair attempt watching the film for what it was without biased input Death Note is simply frustrating to watch. Granting us nothing more than a forgettable cast with a wasted appearance of William Dafoe as the Shinigami Ryuk who sadly was the only interesting character for his rushed time limited appearances.
Death Note drones from beginning to end never begrudgingly letting up on the angsty Hot Topic teenage empathy. Making it seamlessly impossible to relate to any of the cast which had the spritely personality of Ply Wood.
Pulling every punch in its arsenal and leaving me with a tinge of unsurprised disappointment. Death Note gives little hope for future anime adaptations. I give it a less than enthused 3 out 10 for nothing but an hour and forty minutes of adding insult to injury. My suggestion read the book and within that hour and forty minute time frame. The first volume will have given you a better more fulfilling experience than this trivial half ass’d commercial shit show.
Stay tuned to Omega Underground for more reviews on all things geek and gore.
:: Disclaimer :: Omega Underground is protected from liability under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and “Safe Harbor” provisions.