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I felt the character building was forced and often skipped over. Story as a whole was cool, but I don't think the main characters got very tuned into their characters for lack of a better word. Also that romance was completely unnecessary and I think detracted from the movie as a whole. It looks beautiful, but the characters leave you wanting.
Very funny and heartwarming story of two guys trying to figure out their lives. I genuinely think these critics must have been watching a different movie. Maybe it's a little preachy but what did they want? A guilt trip of a rich guy who wants to die?
To be honest, it's a horribly cliche and weird romance story but for some reason it is my favourite movie of all time. The animation is super nice and the musical numbers are tolerable. All in all it has all the elements of movies you should hate, but love. I have no idea why myself and my friends love this movie so much, but we do. :)
A complete betrayal of the anime and manga. I understand that in order to fit into 2 hours movies have to cut scenes and change some of the original plot, but the characters in this were terrible. Not their acting but their design. Light in the anime and manga is a god-complex driven mastermind who manipulates others and uses everything he has to his advantage. In the movie Light is a socially idiotic dweeb who is obsessed with a cheerleader (Mia) to the point where he brags about murdering someone to her and shows her the death note. Ryuk was a horror tactic in the movie instead of the more comic-relief based character in the anime. He had very little interest in anything other than seeing people die. Where as in the anime Ryuk was incredibly interested in Light.
I honestly don't think the writers of this movie actually read the manga or watched the anime. I knew it was going to be crappy since live animations almost always are, but this is just depressing.