Unicorn Store (2017)
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We are introduced to an adult Kit, early 20s, played effortlessly by Brie Larson; quite frankly it's difficult to fathom whether Ms. Larson is even acting in this piece. Kit attends art school and struggles to conform like the rest of the students. Her rebellious streak doesn't fit in with her peers and soon Kit finds herself flunking out of Art School; her only solace; shacking up with.her overbearing parents until she can figure things out.
After a hilarious scene that is all too relatable on the sofa (watching an endless loop of meaningless television), Kit decides it's time to grow up and joins a Temp Agency as a lowly employee who's sole responsibility is to make copies, ad nauseam. It's a beautiful juxtaposition, placing an artistic, creative soul into a bleak, drab work environment void of hue. Though Kit flourishes initially, it becomes readily apparent that the soul within this character realizes this place isn't the ideal fit.
From here the picture takes the viewer on a whimsical journey of self-discovery. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, played earnestly by Samuel L. Jackson, Kit is given the unique opportunity of fulfilling her childhood dream of owning a Unicorn. But first she must prove herself worthy to take on such a task, a poignant metaphor conveyed beautifully without being on the nose by Ms. Larson. Ultimately, the film's central message is about learning to be in touch with your inner-self & embracing what you have, instead of focusing on your perceived shortcomings.
Other notable stand-outs; newcomer Mamoudou Athie breathes life into the picture and more than holds his own across a dynamic and seasoned actor such as Larson. The film is paced beautifully, with a plethora of beautiful Jonathan Demme-like close-ups throughout & the ensemble cast provide top notch acting. Ms. Larson proves that her foray behind the camera is not a one-off and that she is more than apt to bring her unique and singular voice to future narratives.
Brie Larson directs the film and stars as Kit, a creative woman with a fierce desire to be seen for who she truly is. This delightful, quirky and charming film sparkles with feminine energy and pastel colors. Even Samuel Jackson, with a supporting role, is part of the magic and glow. As wonderful as the story is, it needs a little more sophistication and depth, and less straightforwardness. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This is a coming of age movie about a middle aged woman going through a mid-life crisis. Very clever script and strong performances from Larson and Jackson.
Nice use of shots, with unique touch of shaky cams, and lighting expo. As her directorial debut, I was very impressed!