When a movie reminds you of another movie, you wonder if it's going to be an original goody or not. For me, Death Note was one of the goodies. It reminded me of Final Destination - at first! It then takes on a sort of a mysterious horror, fantasy-like mood and I was thrilled! From beginning to end, I watched with anticipation and wondered how it would end...
The first thing I recognized was Willem Defoe. I've loved him since Streets of Fire. I then watched the amazing FX and how the story was beginning to spin. Then something even better was added- LaKeith Stanfield (that crazy dude who yelled "Get Out!" in the movie Get Out). His face niggled at me, itching my brain to remember where I knew him. Then Bada-bing! It also stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, and Shea Whigham, all great actors!
Okay, so I need to also say that this is not something brand new. Death Note came from a graphic novel by Japanese whiz, Tsugumi Ohba. The story began back in 2003 but is amazing and has 12 volumes. There's also a novel and games, anime film, a tv series and more! My review is from the Netflix adaptation that released on August 25.
Light, who is a teenaged guy, finds a book- rather a book finds him on a suspicious, storm of a day. Inside are aged pages, listing rules for using the book titled: Death Note. Then he's thrown into Detention; I won't say why because that would be a SPOILER!
Afterwards, he meets with a spindly character who claims to be a death god. Then the fun really begins. I would love to share more, but I can't. The movie moves like lightning and shows you just what happens when you do something wrong to make something right, all in the name of justice. Light and his friend Mia go on a fantastic adventure, running from cops, a character who's name is L, and pushed to create more chaos by the one who truly owns the book. To see it once, for me isn't enough. I'll be watching it again, showing it to my hubby, who's beginning to like more and more of my tv shows!
Death Note is available on Netflix- you have to watch it while it's available, and FREE! I can say it's one I'd like to have in my iTunes, movie library. Check it out while I move on to a read.
Original story by Tsugumi Ohba
Screenplay: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas parlapanides & Jeremy Slater
Directed by Adam Wingard
Produced by Tom Hammock
Netflix released on August 25th, 2017
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