I know that some of you were pretty interested in knowing what was going on during the French Horns premiere in Paris on Sept, 16th, so here is my review. For those of you who are only interested in the movie review, you might want to skip the first part…
Before the screening
I got to the cinema at 10am to meet with my tumblr friend, quiddatively, and a few fans were already waiting as well. We met another girl and obviously the three of us bonded over Daniel’s perfect
face everything. They were putting up the barriers for the red carpet. A girl then approached us at noon to warn us that we had to choose between either doing the red carpet or watching the movie (with Daniel and Alexandre Aja presenting it). After spending quite some time delibarating with myself, I finally decided that I would go to the screening instead of the red carpet. I don’t think I could have possibly handled the crowd and the craziness to be honest, so the presentation and the movie seemed like the perfect thing for me. People kept arriving as time went by obviously, and we met two other girls who were there with invitations to attend both the red carpet and the screening since they were working for a french website (they also got the chance to interview Dan). They told me I could have tried to get an invitation as well since I was actually liveblogging the event on Tumblr and ugh I wish I had thought of that. Passers-by were asking us so many questions, and I actually managed to get six people to buy tickets for the movie by pointing out the fact that Daniel Radcliffe was going to be here and that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity (I talked about the movie as well but okay, Dan). The rest of the day was mostly just waiting, talking, laughing, meeting other people. I started freaking out when one of Dan’s bodyguard came to the cinema (probably to check the surroundings and all that). I litteraly started telling people it was one of the bodyguards and they were kind of surprised that I would ever know that kind of thing. But what can I say, I spend a lot of time staring at pictures of Dan and no one can miss the bodyguards, I mean come on guys! I was also really pissed at some point because they kept moving the lines for the people who were only attending the screening, and I was so tired and stressed out and stuff like that that I was just so rude to people and I still hate myself for it. Anyway, we ended up getting in the cinema at around 7:30pm and we were able to watch the red carpet from inside the movie theater (I was really glad I was all comfy in my seat to be honest, just seeing it happen on the big screen made me realize how much I would have freaked out out there). A few more minutes went by, we saw Dan doing the photocall and then… Gosh, I want to cry again as I’m writing this. They introduced the producers (I guess?? I don’t even remember, I wasn’t listening), then Aja walked in, and then Dan was here. He walked past us, he was literally three feet away from us. I remember thinking he was just as tiny as I was, which was actually emphasized by the army of bodyguards surrounding him who were just as tall as a Hemsworth. I started shaking and tearing-up a bit. Or maybe a lot. To be honest, I don’t remember what happened exactly after he walked in. I just kept my eyes on him and I only payed attention to what he was saying. There are no words to truly describe it. He was just there. It wasn’t some kind of dream anymore. The five minutes of presentation went by really quickly and Dan left along with everyone else. He shook hands on his way out and the movie began right when the doors were finally closed. There were still tears in my eyes but either way I was so excited to get to see the movie after waiting all day.
Okay. Wow. This is by far my favorite movie with Dan. I haven’t seen What If yet, but I don’t think it really matters since Horns and What If are so different from each other and therefore could not really be compared? But to my opinion, this is Dan’s best performance so far. Juno Temple is absolutely stunning as well and I had to actually stop myself from falling in love with her character. She is truly amazing and I’m definitely going to keep an eye on her career from now on. I loved the whole story and its moral and I’m probably going to read the book even though quiddatively told me that a few details were missing from the book and that some scenes had been changed (if you read Horns as well and want to know the differences between the book and the movie, you can always ask me). I had never seen one of Aja’s movies before but I was not disappointed at all. I feel like it’s one of those movies that you can’t just watch once because Aja seems to have thought about everything and it probably needs to be seen at least three times to be able to notice all the details (like this one scene in which Ig is talking to his mother and she’s wearing some kind of snakeskin shirt?? that much detailed). I don’t know if I can tell you which scenes I enjoyed most because I don’t want to reveal any spoilers but god some parts of the movie were absolutely mind blowing. I was just holding on to my seat and if I could have watched it all over again right away, I would have in a heartbeat. It was also really funny at times and the soundtrack includes songs by Marilyn Manson (Personal Jesus), The Pixies (Where is my mind?), Fever Ray (If I had a Heart), and I just can’t stop listening to these songs since I got back. I have to warn you though : it is violent. I do not want to reveal any spoilers but if you ever think about going to see Horns, please note that you’ll be dealing with a rape scene, a lot of snakes, wild fire scenes, sex scenes and nudity, drugs, explosions, and a lot of blood obviously.
To put it in a nutshell, Horns is definitely a must see. Go see it whenever it comes out in your country. Then go see it again. Because hell, it’s that good.