One of the fun parts of film criticism is trying to identify which blockbuster movies that open to middling reviews will undergo a critical re-appreciation in the years to come. For example, while audiences were generally disappointed with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus on its release, the movie has slowly gained steam with critics, becoming something of an under-the-wire classic in the last few years. And now, just a few months after the release of Kong: Skull Island, there are already those who have argued that its unique aesthetic makes it one of the better action movies of the year.
You’ll certainly find gruesome violence in Netflix’s Death Note adaptation, but director Adam Wingard doesn’t view his film as a horror movie. For the You’re Next and Blair Witch filmmaker, Death Note is more of a genre mashup: part thriller, part comedy, and part teen romance, with a dash of horror.