Hot off Captain Marvel, Brie Larson makes her directorial debut with Unicorn store. A movie that by itself is a beautiful story of growing up while still keeping that fantasy childlike wonder with you. With the casting of Samuel L. Jackson many won’t be able to stop from comparing it to Captain Marvel but I urge you not to. This movie tugs at the heart strings and stands on its own. As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 63%, Metacritic was at 44% and IMDB was at 55%.
Brie Larson plays Kit, a girl just desperately trying to prove herself as not a disappointment to her parents played extremely well by Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack. As parents they handle that balance of pushing their kid out the door to adulthood while wearing very very soft gloves. Rounding out the cast we’ve got Hamish Linklater playing a very gross, handsy boss, Karan Soni playing Kit’s high school friend she feels she is being compared to and Mamoudou Athie playing Kit’s helper soon turned love interest, if she'll let me of course. Now we also can’t forget Samuel L Jackson as the Salesman who tries to help Kit find her way to be worthy of a unicorn.
Brie Larson’s Kit begins the movie by failing out of art school. When compared to the rest of her classmates, her style is far too colourful, whimsical and well childish. She spends some time being moopy, lying about her parents house before being compared to an old high school classmate forces her to get up and become a temp at a dull advertising firm. It is long after this that she is invited to ‘The Store’ and offered the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of having a real life unicorn.
Why we should watch or not watch it:
If you are watching this movie to try to rehash Captain Marvel, this is NOT that movie, quickly open your mind or turn off the netflix. Who knows you could learn a lot about unicorns, like did you know their horns are so heavy because they are filled with love? You also have to watch it to find out if she does in fact get a unicorn in the end, cause I’m not giving that away...
The need for unconditional love is a strong one. The fear of being a disappointment is a strong one. It is these things that make this movie relatable. The requirements for owning a unicorn are especially good to learn from: 1. Build a home worthy of a unicorn, 2. Feed your unicorn in body and soul and prove financial stability, and 3. Surround the unicorn with love - that’s like hugging right? Nope needs a good support system in the home. I saw this as things we should be doing for ourselves and that last requirement was Kit’s hardest, accepting she had love along, that Virgil was there for her, that her parents didn’t think she was a disappointment, that she had good friends. The takeaway? The most grown up thing you can do is fail at something you really care about… but keep trying.