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

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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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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