Unicorn Store review - a film for all those lost kids in an adult world
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Unicorn Store is Brie Larson’s directorial debut, released on Netflix in April this year despite having first premiered in 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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It stars Larson herself, playing Kit, a young adult feeling lost after being kicked out of art school. Joining her is her Kong: Skull Island and Captain Marvel co-star, Samuel L. Jackson, playing the loveable and eccentric unicorn store owner. The plot follows Larson's character moving back home and taking up a temporary job in a boring PR office to satisfy her parents. However, when she’s invited to ‘the store’, she meets the owner - who convinces her that she is going to adopt a unicorn. Already, the plot intrigues because I understand how it feels to be told that I should be pursuing a career that is ‘realistic’, rather than my ‘questionable journalism degree’. Also, it's a freakin' unicorn! So, on I went to watch Unicorn Store, despite the reviews I’d read saying it was too unrealistic and whimsical. The first thing I noticed was how relatable the film was. Being told my dreams aren’t attainable? Check. Feeling like I have to change and conform to what others expect of me? Check. Feeling lost and confused whilst being surrounded by people who know what they are doing? Check. “I just do what everybody else is doing,” Kit tells her parents after her first day at work, which is exactly what we’re taught all of our adolescence. So, is it really surprising that we all feel a little lost when entering the real world? Settled into her new job, Kit receives several letters urging her to go to the store and of course, she does. In reality, I’m sure none of us would meet a stranger at a random address, but we’re talking about a film based around adopting a unicorn, so bear with, yeah?
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