May 28, 2019

Unicorn Store (2019)

Brie Larson


Indie movies are always a bit quirky. I get that. I expect it. But to say this was "quirky" would be a huge understatement. For one thing, I didn't expect it to revolve around actual unicorns.

I mean yes, it's not actual unicorns. Except it is. But not. It's all very complicated. Except it's not really that either.

The problem with this movie is that is doesn't quite know what it is. Quirky commentary on growing into adulthood? Magical fantasy for adults? Searing look into life from the eyes of a child? Cynical take on sexual harassment or other trauma? Oh wait, how about all of those things? Or none of them? While never, ever deviating from the literal unicorn narrative?

I just---

This movie is charming. It's just funny enough to keep you watching, and just strange enough to keep you wondering what the hell is going to happen next.

But at the end of the day, it's SO literal. While somehow also being completely figurative. If it had added a twist--a glimpse into the real ending, for example--it might have driven its point home in a way that would have had lasting impact. Instead, we're left with a muddled and strange film that never quite achieves what it could have been. In fact, the most exciting part was in the middle, when I started to brainstorm all the metaphors the movie could be, instead of what it was actually delivering.

Final word: Much like adults who are fiercely attached to glitter and rainbows and sparkly things, this movie takes itself far more seriously than it should.

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