I was super excited when I found out about this being made. I’m a huge fan of the book, and considering the names that are attached to this, I figured it had a shot at being pretty good. Well…it’s not terrible, at least. I think the main problem is a lack of direction and consistency. I’m not sure if Horns is another victim of poor editing, or if it’s just not that great as a movie. But it does have some strong points. The comedic parts are great, and so are the sad, dramatic moments. However the transitions between each of those moments is painfully awkward. We go from sheer absurdity of people often hilariously confessing their darkest thoughts, to the emotional and mental damage Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) suffers after the sudden murder of his girlfriend.
We have two contrasts, and I don’t think they were blended together as seamlessly as they could’ve been. As a result the story comes off as more abrupt and a bit heartless. I don’t think it was the best decision to go backwards and forward without any clear indication to the audience as to why the jumps in time are important. There’s also the religious overtones that are just a bit too cheesy and exaggerated. I believe this is one of those times where a book just doesn’t translate to the big screen as well as it could. I give it 3/5. It’s honestly not a bad movie, but you can clearly see where creative liberties were taken and it doesn’t pan out.
The cast isn’t bad (Radcliffe definitely steals the show, of course), but all of the characters come off as superficial, and we’re not given the time to develop full opinions about the role each person plays in Ig’s life. The ultimate downfall is the pacing, how the plot points are laid out, and the script in general is a lazy version of the book. A good chunk of the movie is just filler, which it didn’t need since it’s almost 2 hours long. I still say check it out because it’s something different and Radcliffe plays an awesome anti-hero, but don’t expect anything else after that.