Rinko Kikuchi is a treasure.
"Ain't nothing like a little fear to make a paper man crumble."
I liked this, and I'm not usually big into horror movies, but I definitely think less is more. There were so many jumps and scares that you're desensitised to them come the end, but the first hour or so is terrifying. Bill Skarsgård and the child cast were really quite terrific, and Chung Chung-hoon is the man. A lot of quality humour and some great dialogue, too.
This is a terrible adaptation, pure and simple. It’s an utter bastardisation of the Death Note manga and it’s anime adaptation, and barely resembles what it is apparently based on. It’s as though the original work were a third or fourth reference, rather than the immediate source.
The major issues are in the plot and characterisation. The original version of Death Note is a psychological thriller and part police procedural, in which law enforcement attempt to track down a seemingly…