Review in Brief: Unicorn Store (2017/19)

I don’t really care what more cynical viewers and critics think; I found Brie Larson’s directorial debut UNICORN STORE absolutely charming. Maybe it’s because it’s a story about a woman-child, and I relate to stories like that. Kit (Larson) is a frustrated creative who puts her dreams on hold to get a job…which will allow her to support her childhood dream of owning a real-life unicorn. Growing up to not grow up basically, which is a nice concept. The film could be considered any number of dismissive terms, like “quirky” or “whimsical” but it’s also incredibly heartfelt and a pretty clever take on any artist “adulting”. There’s an incongruous dance number at one point, because of course. Larson is solid in the lead and is well-supported by Mamoudou Athie and Joan Cusack, though I found Samuel L Jackson dressed in shades of candyfloss and a glittery Afro a bit much. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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3 Responses to Review in Brief: Unicorn Store (2017/19)

  1. indiefan20 says:

    Nice review! I love Brie Larson (she’s probably one of my favorite actresses at this point) but I wasn’t so sure about this movie. I haven’t been watching a lot of films lately even though it used to be my main passion, but next time I decide to watch something on Netflix Instant I’ll decide to give this one a go. 🙂

    • It’s an interesting one – give it a shot! Thanks for the feedback

      • indiefan20 says:

        You’re welcome! I haven’t seen ‘Captain Marvel’ yet either, which seems to have gotten a pretty lukewarm response as far as MCU movies go. I think I’ve seen her in some different stuff but what really stands out for me is ‘Room’ and ‘Short Term 12.’ Both wonderful, heartbreaking films.

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