Sooo, Daniel Radcliffe is a guy who DIDN'T rape/kill his girlfriend...and because he drunkenly kicked over a statue of the madonna, he gets some demon horns; but it's okay, because he uses the power of Satan to do nothing really all that bad, with the ultimate goal of doing a good thing by finding his girlfriend's killer--and then turns into full-on Satan and dies to be with his girlfriend? Yeah okay, dumbass movie.
When I read Horns I developed expectations about how the story would play out once I found out the premise. The book managed to subvert those expectations in the best ways possible. The movie, however, is the exact who-done-it story my expectations dreaded but remains a solid story nonetheless.
The idea is ingenious, but had it embraced fully the B-movie status or Simon Pegg/Nick Frost's brand of humor and this would have been much more fun. The humor was fucking hilarious, but the jarring tonal shifts and obliviousness of the movie kind of cut some fun away. The only thing that kept me on was sheer curiosity.
Radcliffe is a 'work in progress' and his acting is commendable alongside an accomplished post-adolescent cast. 'Horns' is clearly daring - dark comedy, supernatural overtones in a mundane suburban diaspora and a convincing narrative arc. However, the over-reach of the denouement lets down an effective set-up. Nonetheless, a solid effort all round.
if you don't expect much of the flick, you'll get your fun. sure it's silly and awkward, but some of the plot twists are just enjoyably trashy. there are two more solid pluses: Radcliffe's masterful and inspiring performance (seems he caught the opportunity to stand out against a lousy backdrop, shining as a gem in a compost heap); nice soundtrack.