what's up with the netflix deathnote that ppl don't like it? :0
ok this is coming from Me, a person who had a hardcore death note phase for the better part of two years and who still loves the series (im. literally watching the anime right now)
the biggest issue people have is the whitewashing. its an american adaption, but american =/= white, but literally Every major character (aside from one, and then a minor character) is white.
they also took the time to whitewash their names. so light + soichiro yagami -> light + james turner; misa amane -> mia sutton, etc etc.
im white myself, so my opinion on it obviously doesnt hold the weight a japanese person’s would, but. its bad.
in that vein, they also warped the whole concept of the series itself? the omnipotent forces at work are shinigami, a godlike creature in japanese folklore. they turned the shinigami they kept (which, by the way, they made the Actually Interesting Shinigami fuck off in the movie entirely) into some spooky malevolent antagonistic force, instead of the neutral bored entity it was in the series.
but the worst part of the adaption is the main characters (light and mia).
light’s an edgy outcasted moron (unlike the straight laced, likable, Actual Literal Genius he was in the original) and has no solid motivation for anything he does except for, literally, to get pussy. he only edges up from settling personal scores into becoming kira because his equally edgy and vicious girlfriend egged him on.
he also gives himself away to L literally in their first meeting. under absolutely no pressure at all.
mia is…..hm. mia is nightmarish, she’s sadistic and antagonistic and arguably more ‘kira’ than light himself. she’s the one that kills all of the fbi agents, she’s the one who surges at the chance to kill light’s dad, she’s the one who writes light’s own name in the death note and seems to get off on the carnage she and light are causing.
it’d be an interesting dynamic if it werent so overplayed and overtly edgy.
the one redeemable factor to the movie is L. his character is kinda garbage, but it’s by far the most true to the original factor of the adaption. his actor does really well with the shit he’s given, and despite the issues with his L (the revealing his face to the public Immediately, the fact that he loses it when watari is killed, the fact that he Super loses it and chased after light with a gun) his portrayal was one of my favorite things in the movie.
that said, literally everything else is bad. the pacing, the soundtrack, the characterization, the writing, the plotholes, the overtly edgy characters, lights scream, the fact that matsuda isnt there.
but ya. its horrible