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Friday, August 25, 2017

Movie Review: Death Note (2017) on Netflix

Death Note (2017)
25 August 2017
Director: Adam Wingard
Writers: Charley Parlapanides (screenplay), Vlas Parlapanides (screenplay)
Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Nat Wolff
1h 41min
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.

I read the Death Note manga way back when. So far back I don't remember many of the details and I think that was a good thing. If you were expecting this movie to be like the manga then you will be disappointed. If not, then give this one a watch cause it was pretty damn good.

This isn't a big budget film, but Netflix did an excellent job. It has a whole 80's horror story feel. And that's what this is. A horror movie based on Death Note. A lot of purists got all in a snit because the movie was cast with American actors. Since the movie is more of a "based on" type of thing I didn't see the problem with it. This movie was made for American horror audience.
And it is violent. This is a psychological horror/thriller. It addresses the age old question of vigilantism and the moral complications. Also the ability to be a god. What would you do if you had the power of death over anyone?
The story has lots of twists and surprises for those who don't know the story. I was tickled that William Defoe plays Ryuk, the death god. I didn't know any of the other actors, but they did a great job. In the manga, Ryuk is kind of comical, but in the movie, he is one scary dude. I might have preferred less CGI and a more realistic looking character.

If you like horror/thriller movies then definitely check this one out just don't compare it to the manga.

4.5 "Shinigami" Sheep
*Shinigami is a reaper



  1. Quickly scribbling this into my notebook ... er, I mean, onto my "to be watched" list.

  2. I looked at the blurb for this yesterday on Netflix, and when I saw that it was considered Horror, I passed by to Atypical instead. Glad you enjoyed it, though. Happy Saturday! Hugs...

    1. yeah, this is horror...with those 80s horror movie type killings.