January 10 - HORNS (2013)

"People say you should always do the right thing, but sometimes there is no right thing, and then... well then you just have to pick the sin you can live with."

  Image credit: wikimedia.org

Image credit: wikimedia.org

HORNS... oh, HORNS. I went into this movie cautiously, forewarned of its somewhat bizarre nature, and I was deeply skeptical of it until it fully set the stage. Once we understood what the trick of this movie was, I was on board for a while. It's a good trick, too. There was something fascinating about seeing people confess their darkest impulses to Ignatius's (Radcliffe) face, although occasionally frustrating at times. HORNS feels like a play - I don't know why, necessarily, but there's something very "stage production" about it.

So I was digging the movie for a while, despite Daniel Radcliffe's accent (I can't tell if it's a bad American accent or it's just alien to hear Harry Potter trying to fit into his Pacific Northwest surroundings) but the third act left me with a sour taste that wouldn't have been there had it ended twenty minutes sooner. Some of the character motivations revealed were quite disappointing and post hoc - it seemed like the writers had a really solid premise but couldn't seem to segue into it or adequately address its implications very well. HORNS is definitely worth a watch, though - I found it extremely intriguing for a good portion of its duration.

 This scene is about the point where HORNS goes from interesting to disappointing,   Image credit:   fashionnstyle.com

This scene is about the point where HORNS goes from interesting to disappointing,

Image credit: fashionnstyle.com

Tomorrow, I think I'm going to start in on my "categories" approach to this challenge. Fantastic Mondays, I think.