g’s review published on Letterboxd:
wholeheartedly flawless blend of camp, satire, and seriously badass filmmaking that expertly subverts the traditional formality of the anime into an insane, presentationally ridiculous examination of american youth and their perspective of worldly justice without a moment of hesitation or tremble. takes the US teen melodrama and throws in an added flavor of death and societal horror. lakeith stanfield gives a near career best performance as the anxiety riddled L, nat wolff overacts light's pathetic good guy persona to perfection, margaret qualley is the shamelessly psychopathic top to wolff's lonely incel bottom, shea whigham is the grounded middle to the wordly disconnect experienced by kira and his opponent, and dafoe delivers some of the most twistedly appropriate voice acting around. on top of all that, it's wingard's most visually and audibly ambitious, featuring top of the line cinematography and a chillingly good score. genuinely don't understand the immense distaste for this.