If there’s one thing the Internet looks forward to, it is a good old-fashioned roasting. Social media has become a platform for fans to bemoan the entertainment industry and its latest letdowns. And, if you wander over into the anime fandom, you will find that Death Note is the latest project giving fans conniptions.
Netflix released its live-action adaptation of Death Note earlier this weekend, and the Internet is not feeling the dark teen-drama. The film has been the focus of much controversy since the project was announced a few years back, and press for Death Note only made fans side-eye the film that much more. The project came under fire at first for whitewashing, but critics stuck around to pan the film for what they consider to be a lackluster narrative.
And, as you can see below, the Internet is reacting in kind to the controversial adaptation.
You can find some golden reactions to Death Note in the following slides, but don’t expect the comments to get director Adam Wingard down. The horror enthusiast has been vocal on Twitter since Death Note premiered, and the director isn’t paying critics any mind.
“Sorry trolls but the artist always wins in the long run,” the director tweeted. “Film criticism is different than bitching at filmmakers on twitter. ;) Obvious to some but not others.”
just watched death note's netflix movie and i'm gonna rewatch the original to cleanse myself— Anzu (@anzujaamu) August 27, 2017
Netflix's Death Note is very different from the franchise's original outing, and that is fine; Adaptations aren't direct retellings and don't pretend to be. Still, there are those who will prefer the original Death Note to this new retelling, and that all comes down to taste.
The death note movie is interesting. Was clearly a passion project, many examples of great filmmaking... But it's not death note.— Geoff Thew @CRX (@G0ffThew) August 27, 2017
Maybe it would be more apt to think of Netflix's take on Death Note as a reimagining than a standard adaptation?
More substance than Death Note Netflix pic.twitter.com/RQUXmxPo2l— F-World (@ForneverWorld) August 27, 2017
Yes, but what was on the plate to begin with? Could it be that Death Note's substance was a delicious plate of pasta before fans (and trolls) ate it all up?
spoilers since it just came out but we watched the new Death Note last night and it is: bad pic.twitter.com/9IDwYtuG00— rory frances (@puppytube) August 27, 2017
This fan's list of letdowns is a long read, but is it wrong?
Watching death note on Netflix and holy shit it's garbage so far. Does it get any better?— Hai Lam (@Hai) August 27, 2017
The real question is whether Hai Lam stuck around for Death Note's WTF ending...