OMG, 3.5 readers. OMG. Y’all got to drop whatever you are doing (unless you are reading this fine blog) and watch this movie post haste.
BQB here with a review of Netflix’s original movie, “Death Note.”
OMG. It’s witty. It’s smart. It’s original. It’s a clever idea. Who knew that such a film was still possible to make in Hollywood?
Light Turner (Nat Wolff) is a typical moody, angst ridden teen, down in the dumps over the untimely death of his mother, which causes him to act out and get in trouble in school. All this changes when he obtains a mysterious notebook dubbed, “Death Note.”
As Light quickly learns, it is possible for him to write a name and the method of death down in the book and bam – the person named will die in that way. Initially, Light wields his power on a school bully, but quickly graduates to bigger prey.
The young lad realizes the “Death Note” has been misused by previous owners for petty acts of revenge, but in his hands, he can use it to change the world for the better. He takes on the moniker “Kira” and summarily executes the world’s most infamous dictators, criminals and villains.
No one is sure how all these baddies are dying, but to the untrained eyes of the masses, it looks like the work of a clever serial killer. Little do they know it’s the work of a high school kid and a demon with a dark sense of humor.
Some worship Kira and approve of the justice he’s doling out. Others, like the eccentric private detective known simply as “L” (Lakeith Stanfield) and even Light’s own police officer father (Shea Whigham) see Kira as a dangerous vigilante who can’t be allowed to operate outside the law.
Ownership of the “Death Note” includes the assistance of a rather nasty advisor in the form of Ryuk, a spikey, wild-eyed demon voiced by Willem Dafoe. As we all know, demons aren’t the best creatures to strike a deal with as they always find a loophole to exploit, and Ryuk is no exception. Ryuk’s presence in the film is subtle yet understated, coming in and out at just the right times, sometimes to strike fear in our hearts when he toys with Light, other times to act as comic relief when he heckles the boy. Ultimately, Ryuk is the one who dispenses the death that Light writes about, so these two are stuck together, for better or worse.
Rounding out the cast is Light’s girlfriend Mia (Margaret Qualley) who, let’s face it, like most women, might be good or evil. It’s up to Light to find out.
Honestly, it’s rare for me to offer up such fawning praise for a movie but this one really deserves it. It’s so fresh and new and witty that it gets a standing ovation from me, especially in an era when Hollywood is just spoonfeeding us the same old, tired, recycled drek.
If anyone from Netflix is reading this blog (maybe a Netflix exec is one of my 3.5 readers?) I want to ask them, nay, beg them to turn this movie into a full blown series. There’s a whole formula as to how the “Death Note” book works, the rules of what the owner is allowed to do and not do and the possibilities for people to use the book for good or evil are limitless…so, yeah, if Netflix were to turn this into a series I would watch the ever living shit out of it.
Yes, I know it’s ironic that I’m lampooning Hollywood for making sequels but, yeah…in this case…this movie was really good…and I want more.