"Shall we begin?"

Dread Central has the first trailer for the much anticipated Death Note movie helmed by Adam Wingard. The trailer is a perfect teaser, giving you a sense of the style (dark, bold, Wingardy) and literally 15 seconds of what the premise is. 1

Unfortunately, Dafoe’s character Ryuk ends the trailer with an eye-rolling: “shall we begin?” The original manga and numerous anime adaptations were burdened with melodrama and over the top cliches, so perhaps I shouldn’t judge this too harshly, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Death Note is due to drop on Netflix on August 25.

  1. There’s a note. When you write people’s names in it, they die. Willem Defoe is a floating, spiky monster. ↩︎