Death Note Review: This Netflix Original is enjoyable

Death Note is one of the most popular Asian horror projects. The concept has already seen a film series and now, Netflix brings its Netflix Original version of Death Note. Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater, who take care of the screenplay decide that the audience already knows what Death Note is all about. The film begins with the book literally falling into the hands of a school boy, Light. Light doesn’t take nicely to kids being bullied in school. He falls in love with a cheerleader, Mia, and together they find out the secrets behind the Death Note.

The horror film begins with the book literally falling into the hands of a school boy, Light. Light doesn’t take nicely to kids being bullied in school. He falls in love with a cheerleader, Mia, and together they find out the secrets behind the Death Note.

Death Note has a intriguing storyline and a strong screenplay. The characters are well written and have enough layers in them to keep the audience hooked. At the end of it all, Death Note is a slasher film. We are happy that director Adam Wingard didn’t go overboard and create a gory slashy flick that’d be difficult for us to watch during our lunch or dinner time or something.

The script has everything going for it. There’s the emotional heft that’s required, the raw evil and brutal redemption that makes things go ahead in films like these. Performances are par for the course.

Death Note is proof that expensive CGI and effects aren’t needed if you have good old prosthetic at hand. The main antagonist in Death Note, Ryukk, looks menacing enough, even if the director refuses to show off his full form. The most we see of him is covered in what suspiciously looks like something that was a leather jacket and leather jeans once upon a time in this horror film.

We are rating this film 3 stars.
 

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