Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! As you know, sometimes certain trailers come out and I then talk about them. Well, it happened again, so here we fucking go!
So as the title of this post suggests, we have now gotten a trailer for the American live action adaptation of “Death Note”. For anyone that is unaware, “Death Note” is a Manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It follows Japanese high school student Light Yagami who one day finds a mysterious notebook called “Death Note”. And very soon he finds out that he can use this notebook to kill people. An he starts using this to kill criminals. And what follows is a supernatural thriller that really is an exporation of morality and unchecked power. As with most mangas, it got turned into an animated series by Japanese animation studio Madhouse. And if you’re wondering, yes I’ve seen the series, and I think it’s great. Alright that’s kind of the backstory of this franchise. We good? Great! So now let’s talk about this trailer. So the basic premise seems to be the same, only now it’s set in the United States. So now his name is Light Turner (Nat Wolff) instead of Light Yagami. And what do I think of this trailer? Uhm… yeah, it’s not great. One of the worst parts was towards the end of the trailer where a fucking ferris wheel start falling apart and you see Light hanging on for dear life. Yeah, that’s just dumb. I’m all for re-imagining characters and stories in various settings, but I don’t like the “let’s add stupid action to it” angle. “Death Note” is a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist, and that’s what made it compelling. No big and stupid action set pieces… just suspenseful situations. Sure, the show had some action scenes, but nothing as big and dumb as a fucking ferris wheel crumbling. They seem to overall put a bit more of an action-thriller spin on it, which could be fine if they didn’t try so hard to make it… dumbed down and bloated. The best part of the trailer is at the end when you see the silhouette of Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) and he says “Shall we begin?”. For one, Dafoe is the perfect choice for the character. And secondly, I love Ryuk, he’s a really great character. What’s also interesting to note (pun intended) is that this movie is directed by Adam Wingard, the man behind the awesomely awesome “The Guest”. I don’t have much else to say on that, I just thought it was worth noting (pun intended). So am I excited about this? I don’t know… I am VERY skeptical about this, but who knows… it MIGHT be okay. “Death Note” (the rebootification) is set to come out on August 25th this year, only on Netflix.
So what are your thoughts? Are you excited about “Death Note” (the rebootification)? And are you a fan of the manga/anime/Japanese live action movies? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy.