If you think there's something rotten in the most recent Death Note film, chances are you already know exactly which scene folks are pointing out.
The Death Note Netflix movie is causing quite a stir, and fans of the original manga/anime have been especially critical of how the Netflix films presents the Death Note lore and characters. One of the biggest problems that hardcore fans seem to have is with the character of Light Turner (Nat Wolff). The video above pretty much illustrates why.
If you never read the Death Note manga or watched the anime, then you may not see the issue. However, hardcore fans know that the original character of Light Yagami was not one for big dramatic displays like the screaming seen above.
In fact, Light Yagami is, in general, very different than Light Turner. The former is a calculating and methodical prodigy, both physically and mentally, with a somewhat sociopath-like view of the world which allowed him to quickly embrace the Death Note's power. In the source material, Light is a clear foil for "L," and the investigation into Kira's work is much more compelling because Light is actually a worthy opponent who can actually outwit the investigators. The larger themes of Death Note explored how Light is corrupted by the power of death, and where that darkening path ultimately leads him. It's that well-orchestrated character story that makes the series more compelling than its premise.
The Netflix Death Note leaves pretty much all of that characterization out. Light Turner is said to be a unique prodigy, and in the beginning we see his "superior intellect" when he's doing homework for other students, but in general, he's insecure and moody and often looks in over his head when it comes to the Death Note, L, Ryuk, and the investigation into Kira. That makes it harder to respond to the thematic arc of the film, which ultimately doesn't convey much of a message about the consequences of playing death god.
Death Note is now streaming on Netflix.