Director: Brie Larson
Release Date: April 5th 2019 (Netflix)
Unicorn Store is Netflix’s latest star-studded movie, starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.
Larson (who also directed) stars as Kit, an art-school dropout who is living at home with her parents. Samuel L. Jackson is a mysterious salesman, a role he somehow hasn’t played in his 90,832 movies.
Back at home, Kit is clearly uneasy about her situation: She is a jobless, 20-something with what feels like the world on her shoulders. While wallowing in her own pity party, Kit stumbles across a job opportunity. The job (which popped up like a 1-800 infomercial on TV) offered a full time office gig. As soon as her life seems to be on track, the mysterious salesman swoops in and has others plans.
Larson uses a simple idea to get the humor and personal feel in her directing debut. We can all feel like we have nothing going for us if we don’t succeed in college or the real world. This along with the stellar dialogue throws the viewer right into Kit’s shoes. While watching the movie you will feel the agony and self-doubt just as Kit does. Between this and an original story Brie Larson is on track to have a second act as a director.
Unicorn Store shows a lot of promise in the Larson’s directorial debut. The story is unique and thoughtful, and the characters are authentic and believable. The movie provides the groundwork for what could be a solid route for Larson.
Unicorn Store has its flaws, as does anyone’s first movie. But the thing about this Netflix film is that it fills its purpose: It will keep the audience entertained from start to finish, something that the last big-name Netflix films couldn’t do.
With solid laughs, a story worth telling, and two of the best and most notable actors around, Unicorn Store is worth your time.
I wouldn’t suggest spending money on it or leaving the house to go see it. But that’s the beauty of Netflix when it gets something right. You can kick back in your living room and watch Captain Marvel drop out of art school on a random Tuesday night. And sometimes that’s all we want to do.