Death Note (2017)

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Hollywood is slowly moving towards adaptation of some of the famous and classic Japanese anime stories. This year, Ghost in the Shell was a good attempt but ‘Death Note’ by Netflix is certainly not.

The film follows the story of a young high school student from Seattle named Light Turner, who finds a mysterious notebook known as “Death Note”. He meets the terrifying demonic death god Ryuk who teaches him how to use the notebook and tells him that the book is capable of causing the death of anyone the user writes in the book. Light decides to use the book for good intentions only to be found being pursued by an intelligent and skilled detective known as L, who longs to capture Turner for his actions.

The motivation for using the death note is totally different. It feels little silly in this version of Death Note. The thrill of investigation is lost. It is more fast paced and stylized than the original. Also, the writers have tried to fit in the whole story in this single movie. Because of that, the detailing has gone for a toss.

The characters aren’t properly fleshed out. The character of L is made more emotional and human with a little back story which was interesting. The original characterization of L was more weird and intriguing. The original character of Light is more matured and intellectual. His motivation was more justified because of this thinking and his vision of justice. The God of Death Ryuk looks scary and real than the animated one in the Japanese original film.

The director Adam Wingard simply sought to make an action film with a bit of romance thrown in. But in the process forgot that Death Note was never about action. It was about Light and his fight to impose his vision on to the world.

Those who haven’t seen the original Japanese film may like this film because of the concept. But for others who have seen the original two films may find it disappointing.

Rating: 💋💋


Directed by: Adam Wingard

Screenplay by: Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater

Based on: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

Starring: Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles, Willem Dafoe

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American Gods

American Gods is a fantasy-drama television series based on the novel of the same name, written by Neil Gaiman. The story focuses on an ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle)  who starts working for a mysterious man called Wednesday (Ian McShane) and is drawn into a big bloody battle.
With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed. Taking a plane back home to her funeral, Shadow finds himself next to  Wednesday, who knows everything about Shadow and offers him a job. Wednesday appears to be a con artist but he is someone bigger. Two other characters are also introduced, Bilquis(Yetide Badaki) and Mad Sweeney(Pablo Schreiber), who are also an important part of the story.

During the first half of the one-hour long episode, many things happen but you never get an idea what is the story all about. You start getting some idea only during the last 10 minutes. This is a long time to get viewers attention in this highly competitive web series market.

American Gods is not a gripping story but has some good vfx scenes which gives it a fantasy touch. Only good actors and meaty one-liners couldn’t make the show entertaining. It also needs smart writing which is clearly missing in this show. 

Rating – 💋💋💋

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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Action

Developed by: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green

Starring: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an average attempt to reboot the Arthurian myth. The movie is the journey of Arthur to take back his throne after it was taken over by his wicked uncle Vortigern by killing his entire family.

Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam, is a witty and smart guy. He grows up in a brothel, learns martial arts but, is unaware of his royal lineage. Vortigern, played by Jude Law, is hungry for power and will do anything to keep the throne.

Arthur is helped by a group a people who want the cruel Vortigern dead too. An enigmatic young woman called ‘The Mage’,  played by Astrid Frisbey is the only female character in the team. She uses her dark magic powers to help Arthur.

The most important scene of the movie where Arthur pulls out the sword ‘Excalibur’ from the big boulder isn’t that effective. It is further ruined by David Beckham’s bad acting cameo.

On an emotional level, you don’t feel much for Arthur and for his struggle to become the King. The story defies logic at many places and you just cannot ignore them. The director, Guy Ritchie brings in his stylized slow-motion action sequences which we have already seen in Sherlock Holmes.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a VFX heavy film with lots of action and dark magic creatures. Go for this film with fewer expectations and you might enjoy it.

Rating – 💋💋 & 1/2

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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Action

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen