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.