The real reason Netflix's Death Note movie failed
The verdict is in, and it looks as though Hollywood's ill-fated quest to adapt an anime into a successful live-action feature is set to stumble on. Netflix was always taking a big chance by remaking a property held in such high regard by anime fans both at home in Japan and around the world, and unfortunately for them their English language, USA-set take on Death Note has not paid off.
The film has taken a real licking in reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 42 percent at the time of writing, but the more telling figure is the audience score—it holds a pretty dismal 25 percent approval rating with viewers. Death Note fans are calling Adam Wingard's movie an affront to both Tsugumi Ohba's original manga and the hugely popular anime that followed it, and this is why. (Spoilers ahead.)