Racliffe's got the Horn
After his long time girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) is raped and murdered, not only is Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) the main suspect but the every one in town thinks he is guilty. Then after a night of heavy drinking Ig wakes up to discover a pair of horns having grown out of his forehead. But with these horns come great power as suddenly those around Ig tell him their inner thoughts and desires, including his parents who secretly don't want him back home. Not only that but Ig discovers he has gained the power to make those around him do what he wants. But as Ig meets with various people around town he finally discovers who was actually behind the murder of Merrin.
Do you remember in "What Women Want" Mel Gibson was able to hear the inner thoughts of the women around him; well this is a bit like that, just a whole lot darker. That is what the first part of what "Horns" is about as Ig finds himself inexplicably not only dealing with the horns on his forehead but the brutal honesty of those around him, from a mother getting frustrated with their daughter to a doctor who can't keep his eyes off of his assistance chest. But it takes matters further as when Ig touches someone he gets to see their darkest secrets such as a mother being bent over the table and taken by her lover whilst he also discovers he has the ability to control those around him, ordering them to do what he wants.
That leads me to what "Horns" also wants to be which is a bit shocking with various visuals from horns growing out of the forehead, a woman having sex and on to riding trolleys down log flumes. I am sure a young crowd will enjoy the movie's visual nature including a variety of sex scenes, some fantasy like others just comical but for me whilst there is no doubt that there is a darkly playful as well as just a dark nature to this I needed more and for me it seems to rely too heavily on the visuals to entertain.
That does eventually lead me to the storyline and this is where I will say spoiler alert so if you don't want to know something pivotal then leave this review now. In a scene where Ig goes to the doctors he is put under whilst they operate and we see Ig's dream which is of his childhood and how he met Merrin whilst his friend Lee who also was sweet on Merrin ended up losing a couple of fingers in an accident. Well let me just say there is a connection which frankly was pretty obvious from even before we discover this and whilst we get a twist surrounding one person who may have been connected with the murder it isn't that great.
What this all boils down to is that "Horns" is a good movie if you are a fan of modern mainstream cinema as it delivers plenty of visual entertainment with a humorous, dark side. But for me the reliance of the dark humour and the obvious nature of the mystery prevented it from being anymore than some entertainment which doesn't require more than one watch.