Death Note Trailer Removes Some Hope For A Successful Movie

Raise your hand if you even know what Death Note is? *raises hand. I am a late bloomer to this wonderful gem but among all the anime that I have seen in my years on this earth Death Note is one that captivates me. I am sure there are others that are just as good but this one caught my eye and I just enjoy everything about it. The characters, the story, the moral convictions, the atmosphere, the supernatural elements, the dark tone, and heavy drama all play a part as to why Death Note is so successful.

Originated from a popular Manga this story has been adapted to an animated series which then turned into a live action movie that spawned a sequel and a spin-off movie with one of their characters. There is only one thing left to do…adapt for the U.S. to make it more relatable to Americans.

So here we go, check out the trailer…

Now, I don’t have a problem with remakes and reboots. I think there are many successful ways to tell a story. Many people are attached to the ones they grew up with or have a connection with that has no room for different interpretation. However, it is a problem when you do take away the core value of what makes a story so great. Any movie or series that is loosely based on some other material should just be given a new name, character names, anything to tie it to the loosely used original material. 

The trailer I am seeing above so far doesn’t really capture what makes Death Note so great. Sure, the plot is very similar but so far I’m looking at a trailer to something that could have just been made with a similar plot but a different title. If you want to take away the location, the ethnicity of the characters, and the tone of the movie just make your own movie. Start your own possible franchise. Death Note to me is good because of the character development. Most of the anime and movies are very dialogue driven. You learn so much about the people who are involved in this story and the psyche behind Light/Kira and his God complex, The obsession of Misa towards Light, and the strange and unusual methods of L one of the greatest detectives ever.

I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t make any final judgment call until I see the movie and I will be watching it. I just don’t see it in this trailer so I am a little skeptical.  I do like the fact that his specific manga is being recognized as a story that should be noticed by more people. I would have liked it to be as authentic as the manga is. I don’t want the exact story to be told to us, but if you change a few things in your own artistic eye, just make sure to keep the identity of the original material or make your own movie and don’t take the title and the fans of the original content.

After watching the trailer, are you excited for this version of Death Note?  Comment below and share your opinions, I’d love to hear from all of you. I am actually curious to hear from anyone who doesn’t know what Death Note is. Just from this trailer, are you interested in this movie based on what you have seen so far?

P.S. There is talk of white-washing the cast to make sure that this movie be seen by more Americans. It is unfortunate that this movie didn’t get the opportunity to showcase Asian actors and actress in the film. The diverse cast of putting a Caucasion and a African-American man as the two leads I don’t have a problem with. For the most part the explanation was that the two leads Nat Wolff (Light) and Lakeith Stanfield fit the setting of the movie. White and black actors are used because it takes place in Seattle. There are Asian people that do live in America. So you best believe I am going to watch those two like a hawk during the film and make sure I see some acting skilla that no Asian actor couldn’t perform for these roles. 

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Review: 7500, A Creepy Story Best Told As A Short Story Than A Full Length Film

7500 or Flight 7500 is just going to be another number besides Flight 180 to avoid when I take a flight to somewhere after watching this film. If I didn’t have a fear of flying already I have more of one now. I saw trailers to this film a long time ago and waited patiently for a release on the big or small screen but never got it. Even though movie was gone with no official release it was never forgotten. I always kept my eyes open for when it would be released for me to watch it. I decided to finally look on Amazon and there it was.

Why was I so eager to see this movie so much? Well, one reason could be the old saying, “You always want what you can’t have”. It could also be the fact that this movie was advertised around the time HBO’s True Blood was on and the popularity of Ryan Kwanten had skyrocketed with his good looks and charisma. Mainly, my reason is that I have special place in my movie heart for horror movies and seeing as I got a ghostly vibe from the trailer, those tend to get to me more than other types in the genre.

Here is a trailer to remind you what I was looking forward to.

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Trailer Looks Like A Fun Ride Full Of Laughs And Action

Let’s talk about the first full trailer to the new movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. As the title hints at, we are taken into the game this time around and explore the jungle Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) lived in for 26 years. To keep it a little modern, they decided to whimsically send them to the jungle not by the original board game but through a video game instead. I personally was a little skeptical when hearing the idea of the movie. I personally would have loved to see the wonders of the game come out into the real world. Also for the portal to be a video game and not the board game was a little disappointing. After watching the first trailer, I must say that I am excited. It looks funny and there is plenty of action sequences that makes it look like a wild ride. Plus the intensity and jam-packed jungle animals and creatures we saw in the first are not missing from the action either which is good. Check out the trailer below.

As you can see, the movie has a stellar cast which includes buddy duo Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart who worked on Central Intelligence together, as well as Karen Gillan, and Jack Black who play the avatars of the titular video game 4 kids found in a basement of their school who are sent there to clean it up after getting detention. The four students take on the typical roles of character types you see in high school films including the Jock, the nerd, the awkward shy girl, and the hot popular girl. Choosing the avatars they play forces them to be something that they are not challenging them to walk a mile literally in the others shoes. The Nerd gets Dwayne Johnson, The Jock gets Kevin Hart who is no longer the tall toughest one in the group, The shy awkward girl gets the sexy women avatar who shows more skin than the men in the game. Which they poke fun at, and last but not least the popular girl got to be Jack Black who is a middle-aged man.

From the trailer, you see that there is more to the jungle then just the dangerous animals and creatures you saw from the first, It seems that Van Pelt is not the only human in the game. You also see that because it is a video game they all have specific skills that when the time is right they will be able to shine in their own way to help them get through the game.

I do have a few questions that I hope they answer like….

Is this the same exact jungle from the board game? They hinted that some evidence of Alan Parrish is in the jungle so even though this isn’t the board game, are they in the same jungle?

Seeing as the video game is based on the board game, how did the concept of the game come up since it looks like it was made back when Atari was made? I wonder how they are going to incorporate the timeline of how long this video game has been in play and if anyone else has played it and got sucked in.

Since they are in a video game, will they have extra lives if they happen to die or get hurt? Watching Jack Black almost get swallowed by a hippo, it looks like he will either lose a life and come back or they will poke fun that they are just avatars and not real people.

Which brings me to my next question, If they die or lose all their health in the game, will they die in real life? The trailer definitely highlights the fun and adventure of the game and what to expect but they didn’t capture the suspense and danger the first one had getting mixed in with the contents of the game. For me, that is what worked with the first one is that even though it is a kids film, these people were in danger.

With the comedy chops of the cast and the action pack sequences you got from the trailer, I am sure this will be a fun movie to watch.

Bad Moms Trailer Brings On More Star Studded Female Actresses That Makes This Sequel Worth It

Mothers, Grandmothers, and soon to be Moms rejoice as your three favorite bad mothers are back again to wreak havoc and take back their lives in a world where they feel unappreciated and need to take control of how often they are taken for granted. Amy, Kiki, and Carla are back again as the mother of all mothers getting ready for the holidays which is probably the busiest time of the year for any mom when it comes to cooking, buying gifts, cleaning after dinner, fundraisers, school dances, volunteering, etc. This time around we get an extra batch of mothers as each one of their mothers comes to visit for the holidays making this a fun-filled female driven holiday extravaganza.

Check out the trailer:

As you can see, in the vain of Daddy’s Home 2, what is the next step in a family comedy to do for a sequel, have it take place during Christmas time to bring everyone together and add more characters to fuel the fire. Daddy’s Home 2 which is the male version of the two movies brought in the lead’s fathers to add to the fun played by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson. In the film A Bad Mom’s Christmas it seems that our leading ladies, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn will be visited by their mothers Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and the brilliant Susan Sarandon respectfully. Seeing the sight of them gave me the same happy feeling I got finding out that Gibson and Lithgow were to play Wahlberg and Ferrell’s dads in their film.

Not much to go on for the plot in this first trailer except that it’s another chapter to show how much women, especially mothers do for their family and that it’s always good to remember to take care of yourself if  you want to take care of others. Including dealing with the arrivals of all their mothers. Also, they all haven’t changed a bit as they will continue to have all the raunchy badly behaving fun they did in the first movie. I enjoyed Bad Moms last year and this one looks just as good as the entire cast is back including the ever so fine Jay Hernandez. Keep an eye out for this movie during the holiday season this year.

Review: 47 Meters Down Failed to Create Interesting Characters to Care About.

47 Meters Down is the latest of shark movies hitting the theatres leading up to the upcoming shark week in July. The anticipated Jason Statham shark movie Meg sounds like an interesting movie to look forward to but until then there are the Sharknado movies on SYFY, The Shallows (2016), and now 47 Meters Down starring Mandy Moore (This is Us) and Clair Holt (CW’s The Originals) who I am a fan of both in their acting careers but sadly their characters weren’t given a good backstory or much to care about. Since they were basically the only two people on screen for the majority of the film, that is a big problem.

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Let’s see if you can get through this more detailed synopsis without cringing maybe just maybe this movie could be somewhat entertaining for you.

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Review: Girls Trip Is A Fun And Energetic Movie With A Lot Of Heart

I had the pleasure of seeing an early view of the movie Girls Trip a month before its July 21st release. Thanks GOFOBO. I haven’t done that in a while but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the latest from Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man Holiday). Girls Trip reunites Set It Off stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith along with Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show) as four best friends since college who after a long time from not seeing each other have an opportunity to bring the “Flossy Posse” back together again for a girls trip to the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. Each of them with big and different personalities puts them in the craziest situation and makes their weekend a trip they will never forget.

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Review: The Dark Universe Is Off To A Shaky Start With The Mummy.

  So I am a little late to the game here. Took me a while to get this review out but I am finally here to let you all in on how this film did from an entertainment perspective. The next big franchise from Universal Studios is The Dark Universe. In the same structure as the Marvel Cinematic Universe also known as MCU and the D.C. Extended Universe also known as DCEU, the Dark Universe will be a series of films that all take place in the same timeline and same universe where even though each movie will be different they will all have a common bond and that’s the setting. The first of many films to come is The Mummy which is one of the many featured monsters that will be used to create the Dark Universe made famous back in the early 30’s and so on. 

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