For years, Death Note has been a film that’s been wallowing in development hell. Just how in the world would they be able to adapt a 12-volume manga series into a single film, and how much would they be able to get away with actually adapting the material for American audiences? Fans of the source material have been waiting on pins and needles to see how it all comes together, and some waiting with dread to see their favorite manga get mangled in the Hollywood system.
The results have been a bit mixed. A lot of folks who have little to no familiarity with the source material seem to be intrigued by the trailer offered. It looks like a solid horror thriller with great production value. Yet, there are more than a few things to poke at from fans, starting with the setting and cast. In short, many see this to be another case of over-Americanization and whitewashing, and it’s admittedly hard to argue against that when even director Adam Wingard says that they generally took the concept and changed as much as they felt necessary.
But let’s let some of the material speak for itself. The trailer is above, last week, we saw a poster for L, and today, Nerdist shared an exclusive poster with Light at the forefront.
Check it out below:
While I’ve been a fan of all the marketing for the film so far (I’m optimistic that this can be real gamechanger for anime film adaptations), I have to say, I’m not too keen on this one. No matter how hard I try, it’s hard to shake off the typical emo kid look that Light has. That’s not to say actor Nat Wolff is the wrong pick for this interpretation of the character, but the frosted tips he wears make the production feel slightly out of touch.
Additionally — and it’s hard to pinpoint — there’s something about this particular poster that comes across as fanmade. I’m not sure if it’s just the black-and-white color scheme, or the arrangement, but something feels off. It’s by no means a dealbreaker for me, who is a fan of the manga and is already sold on this film, but it may very well be for those less inclined to accept something different.
Death Note hits Netflix on August 25, 2017.
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