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
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