Kit (Brie Larson) is a talented artist who unfortunately gets kicked out of art school and moves back home with her parents. After applying for a job and beginning work doing essential PR and office work (such a being a photocopier person) Kit receives an extraordinary invitation to visit the Unicorn Store which promises to deliver her most significant childhood dream. The invite was sent by a man known as The Salesperson” (Samuel L Jackson). But! Getting a Unicorn is not that easy. It requires several steps and tasks. How badly does Kit want this Unicorn and can she complete what is necessary to obtain a Unicorn?
For those who are not aware, Unicorn Store is a directional debut from the leading lady herself, Brie Larson. This film also reunites both Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson, which is funny considering most of the world has just seen them in Captain Marvel.
Without revealing too much about the film’s plot, I will say from the start of the film; we are introduced to many characters who I found odd and annoying, including our leading lady, Kit. The attitude that Kit has for the whole duration of the film is a significant disappointment and frustration. While the idea of the film is creative, and I understand what the movie was wanting to achieve as its central message, the delivery of this message and the results are incredibly messy and confusing for some. The film’s ending and purpose can also be described differently by its audiences, meaning the film never makes the values bright and it’s more up for interpretation. Is the Unicorn Store a comedy? It is, but no laughter fell out of my mouth…
Colours here are bright, and the image is stunning for a Netflix feature, but as for the filming and camera work, it’s ridiculous. Many scenes are shot with a camera that feels like it was mounted on a potato, and the image is rarely locked into a correct position. The same issue occurs even in the most critical moments of the film, also when the film is trying for a heartfelt moment.
Overall, I honestly struggled with this film. It had an awful filming style that felt likely done with a handheld camera and characters that honestly annoyed me due to their attitudes (sadly, including the lead). As for the plot, there are positive messages hidden here, but it’s never apparent what they are, nor will the messages be consistent for audiences who try to watch it. Not even Samuel L Jackson could save this film.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden