Netflix Takes a Stab at Death Note (2017)


Release Date: 25 August 2017
Channel: Netflix
Director: Adam Wingard
Writers: Charley Parlapanides (screenplay), Vlas Parlapanides (screenplay),Jeremy Slater (screenplay), Tsugumi Oba (based on “Death Note”), Takeshi Obata (based on “Death Note”)
Cast: Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Willem Dafoe
MPAA Rating: TV-MA


A student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone begins a crusade against evil in order to rule the world as a benevolent human god. Then a deadly game of cat and mouse begins when a reclusive detective begins to track down the young man, attempting to end his reign of terror once and for all.
Death Note was brought to film from the Anime series which depicted the same concept, with some slight changes. The Anime Series was written by Tsugumi Oba and Takeshi Obata and it actually aired from 2006 – 2007.
The first ten minutes you are just dumbfounded. The best thing, no holds barred. Good on you Netflix. It’s great to be able to watch a movie that doesn’t have barred content (meaning, it’s prime time friendly). No judgment on the TV-MA rating. You probably wouldn’t see the film in it’s true light if it was “calmer” for prime time TV.
Light is very QUIET and smart young man. This “notebook” happens upon him after an encounter with a Bully. Who, doesn’t like bullies?
Definitely not Light.
Oh, but the best part is karma.
The movie goes on and gets more interesting. Mia, makes it more interesting. Now, she may or may not look like a younger version of Kristen Stewart (made you look), but she’s a feisty one.
Willem Dafoe, always always always plays THE BEST VILLAINS and Ryuk is an interesting one, with his obsession with apples. Let us know if you can find that connection!
Ryuk is huge, with the ability to cause any death written out in the book. He reminds me of the Riddler in some instances, not a lot, but some.
Anyhow, Death Note, the movie is streaming on NetFlix. You should watch it, especially if you like Manga or Anime (are they the same?).