Everything that happens in Horns feels risky from a film making point of view. First up the film has a story that is so outlandish that it could have come across as stupid or unintentionally funny; the commitment level needed from everyone involved has to be absolute for the film to fully work. Secondly and perhaps most telling is that the film is directed by a guy known for brutal, gory, violent and bleak films yet Aja handles all the romantic and dramatic scenes be they hyper stylised or not with a sensitivity that he has to date, hidden or perhaps not had the chance to show.
The cast are all amazing, however none more so than Daniel Radcliffe. He inhabits the role of Ig Perrish and it is one of his best roles to date. He brings the anger, sadness and vulnerability to a complex character going through a weird and tough time. Without Radcliffe’s performance the film doesn’t work, it is a truly great piece of acting.
Aja has certainly grown as a film maker and it is on show in Horns. He is always willing try something different within the horror spectrum and Horns is definitely his most mature work, having said that however when the film needs to get violent Aja proves that he still hasn’t lost the ability to create a bloody mess on screen. I have a slight issue with the writing as a few events are glossed over or not fully explained (maybe they don’t need to be) and coming in at two hours long I can understand some truncation from the original source material would have happened.
Horns is one of the more out there ideas in quite some time, an ‘outside of the square’ film that yes is based off a book but I think it took some definite courage from all involved to see this through. Horns is a success in my opinion, original and not afraid to take a chance.
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