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Death Note (2017)
Better than it has any right to be.
If your first instinct is to bolt when seeing a positive Death Note review- stay with me for just a minute. I did not want to like this film, not after almost every critic under the sun roughly describing it as "white-washed piece of garbage". The white-washing part is very much true, which is why I'm never going to give this film a full star rating.
What came as an absolute surprise to me however is how visually stunning, cleverly written and just straight up fun this movie is. It has its flaws and silly moments, but they all feel very self aware which makes this movie incredibly fun if you make the right choice to not take it too seriously.
The endless debate of what a good remake should look like continues: Should it be close to the original, should it bring new things? To me personally, Netflix's Death Note finds the right balance. Not a lot of people are gonna like how many new things the movie introduced and how much they've changed, but its extremely impressive that this works as a standalone movie.
Overall, from the pacing to the cast- this is a memorable, visually satisfying, flawed and thoroughly entertaining film. Go into this with an open mind and build your own opinion- you might just be pleasantly surprised.