- Directed by: Alexandre Aja
- With: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella
- 120 Minutes
“When I heard Radcliffe screaming to some reporters: ‘How about you guys beat the shit out of each other and the winner gets an exclusive interview with me?’ I realized that perhaps ‘Horns’ was trying to reflect on how crazy and obsessive journalists become to get the best exclusive but a couple of minutes after this I realized it was just Radcliffe being one of the funniest devils I’ve ever seen…”
What it’s like to wake up with two horns in the face? Perhaps this question looks a bit hard to answer but for Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) the answer might be simple. The new face of the devil is fresh, funnier and definitely more provocative but when a teenage love tragedy is in the middle you must also prepare yourselves for the pain and the sadness. Daniel Radcliffe returns to the big screen in Horns, a horror-comedy about a guy who loses the love of his life and who wakes up with horns on his face feeling the forces of evil inside him. Could this be a great idea or is it too ridiculous? To find out my opinion you must continue reading this review!
“Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter” films), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.” ((c) Radius-TWC)
After watching my dear beloved Harry Potter falling in love with Zoe Kazan it was time to see him in a completely different role and even though his performances are most of the times enjoyable, this time that was not enough to save the movie. Irreverence is often good but in this case I didn’t appreciate it that much. After watching Horns, I learned a couple things like the fact that Daniel Radcliffe is always capable to impress me a bit and to make me forget in a curious way his performances in the Harry Potter franchise. Radcliffe is an awesome actor of modern times that gives joy and a quite amazing style to most of his movies and this time was no exception. His character, Ig Perrish or simply the Devil, is confronted with the death of the love of his life (a love story that began in their childhood years) which leads him to a spiral of crazy events. Against everyone in the village who claims he is a murderer, Ig seizes the fact that his demon side is capable of controlling everyone to find out who murdered his girlfriend Merrin. In the middle of such awkward events, Radcliffe seizes some of the exaggeration to give an irreverent and confident performance that made me laugh and that ended up being the best point of the whole movie. Horns has several characters like Ig’s friends and his dead girlfriend but unfortunately the way most of the events are explored kind of failed expressing the right emotions to the audience. I enjoyed Dan’s “crazy” performance but the rest was simply too distant in terms of impact which made in my opinion no sense at all since the movie focuses on Ig’s search for truth. Some of his friends clearly make a good effort in their performances but Radcliff shines in a way only another main charismatic character could stand out in the movie.
While the characters are enthusiastic, irreverent and somewhat funny, the story of Horns is far from being attractive and interesting. First there’s no empathy between the characters and they all seem a bit disconnected which prevented me from feeling anything for them. Second I like innovation and movies like Horns sometimes display a great sense of clever humor but this time I was confronted with some cheesy jokes and some dumb comedy. Let’s look at the premise… After knowing that his girlfriend was murdered and that he is considered the main suspect, a guy awakens with two horns in his head looking like the devil… At first sight this could only mean one of two things: a) The movie is clearly bad because let’s face it even the premise is dumb ; b) This is probably one of the most surprising movies I have ever seen, funny, irreverent that seizes a weird premise in a way I never felt it was possible. I had faith in option b) but unfortunately a) ended up being the correct one (sad face). Daniel Radcliffe tries his best but the story and some characters simply follow his charisma and style. The way the events occur is a bit forced and when there were reasons for me to feel something about it, I didn’t felt any connection to the story. For me watching Horns was like reading a book just to know how the story goes… It was predictable, some jokes weren’t adequate for a movie that tries to be different than the mainstream and the movie ends up pleasing only audiences looking for a good time at the movies. Fortunately, despite all this, the story is far from being boring and watching Daniel Radcliffe as the devil entertained me a bit.
For most of the moviegoers, Horns could be an interesting pick because even though it fails in being attractive and consistent, there’s a funny and peculiar atmosphere surrounding the weird events that could please those who seek for things out of their comfort zone. However you should know that the movie is more suitable for younger audiences that don’t look for any message in particular. Horns don’t seize its potential and ends up failing in being different and surprising. Perhaps I’m being too harsh but when I first saw the trailer I actually believed that Horns could become one of this year’s funniest movies. Unfortunately I was wrong but Daniel Radcliffe’s performance ended up saving the movie from a bad rating. No, I didn’t like it but I also didn’t thought it was that bad…Horns is mostly a mediocre movie you’ll probably forget by the end of the year but for Radcliffe’s biggest fans it could be a good pick for a Friday night.
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