ReelTalk Movie Reviews  


New Reviews
It
Little Evil
Viceroy's House
All Saints
Death Note (2017)
Hitman's Bodyguard, T...
What Happened to Mond...
Annabelle: Creation
more movies...
New Features
Stanton's Crossing
Jackie Chan On Demand
Meryl Streep On Demand
more features...
Navigation
ReelTalk Home Page
Movies
Features
Forum
Search
Contests
Customize
Contact Us
Affiliates
Advertise on ReelTalk

Listen to Movie Addict Headquarters on internet talk radio Add to iTunes

Buy a copy of Confessions of a Movie Addict



Main Page Movies Features Log In/Manage


Rate This Movie
 ExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
 Above AverageAbove AverageAbove AverageAbove Average
 AverageAverageAverage
 Below AverageBelow Average
 Poor
Rated 2.97 stars
by 31 people


ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Don't Try This at Home
by Betty Jo Tucker

Scary movies usually offer lots of thrills and chills. Like so many film fans, I love to be frightened while watching terrifying things happen on screen. So Iím always surprised when a movie of this genre fails to work for me. Unfortunately, Death Note is one of those films. It doesnít start out that way, however.  

High school student Light Turner, played by Nat Wolff, seems like a sympathetic character right away.  Heís being bullied -- and we are on his side immediately. As Light, Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) manages to project a great deal of screen appeal here.  And when Light becomes the keeper of a mysterious notebook that comes with a spikey-headed demon (voiced by Willem Dafoe), we can hardly wait to see what he will do with it.  

But as soon as Light -- along with his girlfriend (Margaret Qualley) -- go too far with this power and a famous detective (Lakeith Stanfield) starts to hunt him down, the movie begins to fall apart.

A notebook falls and somehow lands

into your very shaky hands.

And what is written down inside

makes you decide the book to hide.

But its power has you amazed.

It even the Death Demon raised.

 

What would you do? What do you say?

You now can make bad people pay.

Just by writing out their right names.

This Demon is not playing games!

Will all this power and killing

be for you a bit too thrilling?

 

If youíre discovered, well, what then?

It has to come -- just where or when?

The Death Note film covers all this.

Is it a hit? Sadly, a miss.

Performances rate high, at least,

and Dafoeís vocal for the beast.

 

The first half promises so much

but last half loses the right touch.

Too bad the frantic action flops.

Itís too jumbled before it stops.

Scary in parts, I must admit.

So some horror fans might like it.

Death Note, directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest, a terrific film!), is an adaptation of a famous Japanese manga by Tsugumi Oba and Takeshi Obata. I understand that screenwriters Charley Parlapanides (Immortals), Vlas Parlapanidas (Immortals) and Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect)  made many changes to the story. That makes me wonder how much better this offering might be if they stayed with the original source.   

(Released by Netflix and rated TV-MA.)

For more information about Death Note, go to the IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes website.


                                                                                                                                                                               
 
© 2017 - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Website designed by Dot Pitch Studios, LLC