MSJ at the Movies: Death Note (2006) vs Death Note (2017)…What went wrong?

The Death Note anime series is one of most beloved and critically acclaimed animated shows of all time. So when Netflix decided to make a live-action movie adaptation of the franchise in 2017, what went wrong?

A lot.

Death Note (2006) is a beautifully animated series that tells a compelling, unique story that anybody can enjoy. The same, however, cannot be said about the adaptation.

From a messy, condensed plot to poorly-written characters, Death Note (2017) completely fails to capture the essence of its original counterpart and is both a let-down of fans of the franchise and an underwhelming experience for new viewers.

The film manages to be a rehash of the original story while also making unnecessary changes that just do not make sense.

Both Death Note the anime and Death Note the movie are available to stream on Netflix.

Gabe Henstrand is a senior member of the Multimedia Journalism class.