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The concept is brilliant and quite well handled, but the central mystery is poor and predictable. Overuse of flashbacks slow the film down a bit as well. Worth watching for some of the imagery and amusing situations but it's pretty average overall.
I'm impressed, what a pleasant surprise
Horns has a premise I am definitely interested in, but doesn't quite deliver on its promises. Based on Joe Hill's novel, this is the story of Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) demonized after being wrongfully accused on murdering his girlfriend, and I choose that word carefully, because it actually does turn him into a horned devil and gives him certain powers related to exposing and using people's sins, which he uses to solve the murder himself. What starts out as the blackest of comedies with delicious magic realism thrown in eventually loses steam, in part because of extended flashbacks, but mostly because it devolves into slasher territory thanks to a thinly drawn villain right out of a Scream sequel. Worse, perhaps, the movie never really makes clear just how the devil metaphor works, despite early suggestions that Ig's been making monkey's paw trades all his life. Tonally, it's a bit of a mess, moving back and forth from epic romance to Amblin horror to caustic comedy to CW murder mystery without so much as a by-your-leave. I'm disappointed because I like movies with unusual premises, but Radcliffe is still good at least.
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