If the first trailer for Netflix’s Death Note wasn’t action-packed enough for you, then perhaps this one will do the trick. Showing plenty of death and destruction, the new trailer also gives us a greater look at Lakeith Stanfield’s L and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk. The latter is particularly impressive in conveying Ryuk’s sense of sarcasm, wit and comedic amusement at the events that are unravelling before him.
Light Turner, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.
This new Death Note world is extremely different to the one conjured in the Japanese Anime, but to condense the complex events into a feature film must be no easy task. Particularly, characters and events have to change and be adjusted to adapt to the modern America where the film takes place. L and Mia – who is the Kira-obsessed fan and somewhat romantic interest, Misa, in the Anime – are particularly different. L doesn’t seem to hide in the metaphorical shadows to conceal his identity and Mia/Misa seems to be involved very differently with Light/Kira. Will she have her own Death Note, we wonder?
Check out the trailer below; it is undoubtedly going to be hated by devotees of the original, but I am keen to be positive and think it looks promising!
Death Note comes from director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, Blair Witch) and will be available on Netflix on 25th August 2017.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)