Directed by Adam Wingard who's better known for You’re Next, Blair Witch, features in the 2 V/H/S' and he's scheduled to remake a movie that doesn’t need any remaking whatsoever: I Saw The Devil. Death Note was an interesting take on the original story, even if after everything that they needed to cut out, there wasn’t much of that story left. Maybe that was for the better since I really loved the anime... until it started getting way to draggy halfway through it, that is.
One thing I need to give props first of all is this portrayal of Ryuk, that was finally an evil
son of a bitch which you would expect from a god of death, not the big lanky doofus that was in the anime. Willem Defoe was obviously born for voicing the monster but that isn’t all that he’s done to bring him to life, to add some of the trademark Defoe creepiness, his facial expressions were also used in the animation of the character. What hugely disappointed me about Ryuk was that he had five lines all together and the little screen time they gave him was spent in the shadow. Is it too much for a girl to ask to get a good look of one of the coolest looking demons that was ever conceived?
Outstanding performance award goes to L, that was exactly like how the original character was written down to every little quirk and way of talking …up until when he start losing his mind and doing things a bit too much out of character for the way I knew him. If the actor looks familiar, you are right, as Lakeith Stanfield has done quite a lot recently, for example you might remember him in Get Out telling the protagonist to 'GET OUT' and in Straight Outta Compton with his cameo as Snoop D. O. double G.
Who I couldn't stand was the character of Mia that was supposed to be the dark side of Light, but to me just came across too much all over the place. To be fair I do really like Margaret Qualley (daughter of Andie MacDowell), that is not only in great films like The Nice Guys but also stars in the criminally underrated tv series The Leftovers.
I also apreciated how they tried to include Japan and its culture here and there to hint where this all came from. The soundtrack was waaay too emo for my taste but hey, it's probably for whom this flick is really aimed at, but to make up for that, the deaths were very Final Destination-esque, a thing that always make me smile. Yea I know, I'm weird, I thought we all knew that already!
Written by Mags