The trailer of the much anticipated Netflix’s live action version of The Death Note has been released and it has received mixed reviews from the anime’s fans. It features the iconic Death God, Ryuk played by Willem Defoe who looks to create mayhem on Earth by bringing Death Note with him. The movie seems to have deviated from the source material and has given it an American feel. The director of the movie, Adam Wingard has explained the reasons for such deviation and also answered how the location of the movie has changed the characteristics of the characters in the movie.
In an exclusive interview with the IGN , he gave the reason behind the major western influence on the movie:
“In the early stages of the film, I was rereading all of the manga, really just looking at how does any of this translate to the United States. Ultimately, Death Note is such a Japanese thing. You can’t just say let’s port this over and it’s going to all add up. They’re two different worlds completely.”
He then went to explain the effect of the location of the movie on the plot and also on the characters: “Ultimately, whenever I say it’s about America, I’m looking at it like, what are the main kind of core issues going on in America, What are the things that people chalk up to conspiracy theories? What kind of weird underground programs does the government have? How do those work in the world of Death Note?”
It is hard to argue with Adam Wingard on the aspect that Death Note is a Japanese thing and making a fan appealing live action version of the Death Note will be a colossal task for any Director. The visual effects and sequences in the trailer do look up to the mark. The plot and the story of the movie have been picked directly from the source material.
What is Death Note?
It follows a young college student with bright prospects, Light Turner, who gets hold of the otherworldly Death Note dropped by Ryuk (The Death God) and decides to implement his own brand of justice by killing all the criminals. The supernatural Death Note gives the holder power to kill any person by writing down his or her name in the notebook. He vows to use this power to get rid of the evil but in the process becomes the very thing he seeks to destroy. The only thing that stands between him and his goal is L who thinks that Light’s actions are acts of vigilantism.
Hollywood has gathered a reputation of messing up live action versions of famous animes, take the examples of Dragonball Evolution and Ghost in the Shell. Both these movies showed how difficult it is to make fan appealing live action anime.
The trailer has given us glimpses of stunning visual effects and sequences but the controversy of the Americanized setting of the movie will not go away till it is released on August 25th, 2017. What are your thoughts on The Death Note Trailer?