Movie Review: Unicorn Store



Starring: Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson

Directed By: Brie Larson (Debut)

Rated: R

Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes

Made before Captain Marvel was introduced, Unicorn Store acts as the directorial debut of Academy Award winner Brie Larson.She plays a role we’ve seen a lot of men play over the last twenty years.The kid who refuses to grow up.Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen have made millions off of this character type. Her character Kit likes glitter, and doodling, and unicorns.When she fails an art school entrance exam, Kit is forced to join the real work force against her will.

She is then approached by Samuel L. Jackson’s character, The Salesman.He offers Kit the opportunity to obtain a real live unicorn.But she has to prove she’s worthy of such a special reward.

Unicorn Store is a very dry comedy.It works at times.At times, it’s just plain boring.That’s not Larson’s fault.She does really well with the character she’s given.I just would have liked more of it.I want to see what she was like growing up, I want to see her have a daydream sequence where she gets to meet the unicorn, I wanted to see her goof off more.Just some dumb gags.The movie felt like the rough draft of a script that needed a little more punching up.GO bigger with a movie called Unicorn Store!Lean into that title.More colors, more girly girl stuff.More everything!The movie is far too grounded in reality.

Larson’s parents in the movie are played by Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack.They’re tremendous.Always doting on Kit.Refuse to discipline her.Always pushing her to do whatever her heart desires.

There’s a weird subplot involving workplace harassment that doesn’t reach a satisfying conclusion.It feels out of place.That might have been something the director added once the script got to her desk.

The movie is well made and well-acted.Larson proves herself to be a talented director.It just isn’t all that a movie titled Unicorn Store evokes in the mind.Felt underwhelming to me.Unicorn Store is streaming now on Netflix.

On a scale of "See It/Stream It/Skip It", I would vote SKIP IT, but I'm not the target audience.

2 out of 5 stars


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