Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Horns

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 41% (Critics) / 49% (Audience)
Directed By: Alexandre Aja
Written By: Keith Bunin
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella and Joe Anderson
Studio: Radius-TWC
Synopsis: In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples. – (Source)

The Good:
Daniel Radclifffe is an engaging actor and he efficiently conveyed the desperation that his character felt at being accused of his girlfriend’s murder and having everyone in his small hometown believe he was guilty. And that was before he started inexplicably growing horns out of his head.
There were also a good number of funny (and a couple sad ones) bits squeezed out of the powers that Radcliffe’s character acquired after growing the horns. I especially enjoyed the reporter death brawl for an exclusive interview.
Veteran character actors James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan (as Radliffe’s character’s parents) both had really great individual scenes with Radcliffe where their deepest feelings towards him were revealed.

The Bad:
This movie attempted to be a comedy, romantic drama, coming of age drama, whodunnit, horror movie and probably a few other types of film that I am forgetting and rarely proved successful at being any of them.
And I am usually a fan of Juno Temple (loved her in KILLER JOE) but she was an awkward miscast in this movie.
I also am not the type of person who needs every tiny detail of a film explained to me but at a certain point late in the movie the whole horns/devil/angel thing really needed to have some sort of explanation provided because none of it made a lick of sense.
The film could have also used a good 35 minutes cut from it’s running time.

The Ugly:
For a murder mystery this film telegraphed the culprit insanely early. If you couldn’t tell exactly who the killer was by that character’s first scene then you have not watched enough movies in your life.

Final Verdict: This was a scattershot, mixed up piece that didn’t seem to have any clue what type of film it wanted to be and instead dipped it’s toe into several different genres with varying degrees of success. Embracing a genre and going all in on it would have probably helped this movie be more enjoyable than it ended up being.

Grade: C-

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