Guess what I watched this weekend? The Netflix Death Note movie.
Let me start off by saying that I am definitely a fan of the anime. And also, this is not a review of the movie or a comparison of it to the anime. I don’t do reviews. It’s not my style.
So I watched the movie. I was open to the differences. People are free to interpret things as they please. But as you may have guessed, I’m not a fan of it. The movie was “Americanized” or “Westernize” in the worst possible way. What I mean to say, is that it stripped Death Note of what made it great.
That’s what I was thinking about after watching the movie. I really wasn’t expecting all the blood and gore with every death. The words that come to my mind when I think Death Note are psychological thriller. I love that it’s a battle of wits while posing a moral question…which is how I came up with the title.
Is it right to do something wrong for the right reason? In the series, Light is killing people to make the world a better place. Yes, he does start thinking about becoming the god of this world because as they say, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Is there any situation in which doing something you know is wrong would be a good thing, a right thing, or even the best thing to do?
I love moral dilemmas. I used to give them to one of my groups all the time. I would tell them that I’m more interested in their why than what they thought should be done. What would be the better option: Keep the book and use it to rid the world of those who deemed a corrupt and immoral or to let the book be passed along to some random person who could be anything from a someone with a strong and noble character and moral compass to someone with lots of homicidal thoughts
What is the best option if those are you two options? I mean, there’s no other real option.
Moving away from Death Note (because I don’t you to think that I spend my time thinking about how to I’d use a death note), how do you decide what is the morally acceptable answer? And is that the correct answer? Also, how do you know if your moral compass needs a tune up?
Just questions for thought. I have no answers. I think of the questions, but don’t want to think of the answer.