Yes, it’s another Daniel Radcliffe film. No, I don’t have a “thing” for him, I just think he’s a great actor who takes on unique and challenging roles that are fascinating to watch. And the character Ig Perrish in the movie Horns is nothing but unique and fascinating.
About the Film
Horns begins with Ig facing the wrath of angry mob outside his house. His girlfriend, Merrin, has been murdered and Ig is suspect Number One. Despite his downward spiral into an alcoholic depression over her death, no one (not even his own parents) believes he is innocent.
After a drunken night, Ig wakes up to find he’s sprouted horns…yes, just like devil horns. He also finds out people have a weird need to divulge their darkest secrets to him whether he wants to hear those secrets or not, and he discovers he can control people’s actions with an offhand suggestion.
Through this “power” Ig slowly begins to find out more details about the night of Merrin’s murder, and the more he discovers, the more he makes use of the power of suggestion to drive people to confess and to atone for the lies they have hidden about the night of her death.
Throughout Horns, the audience is treated to flashbacks of how Ig and Merrin met as children and how their love for each other grew. As he remembers, Ig begins to wonder if what he and Merrin had was real and at times doubts his own innocence in her murder.
Seriously, put everything down now and get this movie! It sounds terribly dark and there are some creepy moments, but most of the violence has an almost comic-book levity to it (MOST, not all). Ig’s use of his power creates some hilarious scenes when people reveal what they’re really thinking – thoughts we normally keep to ourselves to not seem like jerks. The primary storyline is a mystery that keeps you guessing long into the film, but at its heart Horns is a love story of a man deeply in love.
So, with Horns you’ve got horror, humor, mystery, fantasy and romance. Any actor who can manage all those genres during his career certainly has talent, but one who can pull them off in a single movie is mega-talented. So, good job Daniel!
Looking over reviews, critics complained that the mash-up of genres ruined the movie, but I honestly think that mash-up is what makes Horns great. Just when it gets a bit dark, you get a terrific contrast with a bit of humor or a romantic flashback. It’s this wonderful mix that keeps the film fresh throughout its two hours.
And don’t forget, it’s based on the book by Joe Hill…a book that’s now been added to my ever-lengthening To-Read list.