The Unicorn Store is meant for the MCU fans who are all geared up for the upcoming Avengers Endgame movie. This by the way, includes me too. I can totally nerd out on the MCU. And I am also happy that while this is coming to a conclusion, DCEU seems to have finally found someone to get them some respect in the form of Joaquin Phoenix playing the Joker. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, please do.
Coming back to the subject here, The Unicorn Store features Captain Marvel aka Brie Larson in a role where she buys a unicorn from Director Nick Fury, aka, Samuel L. Jackson, aka, Ma Da Fa Ka. And this is believable, right? After all, that’s the exact nature of the transaction that the two had when Captain Marvel chose to be the ultimate saviour of earth.
Brie Larson portrays the character of a young girl by the name of Kit, who loves to create colourful art pieces, that everyone thinks is shit, especially her professor, who is a minimalist artist. You can see this being portrayed out in one of the first few scenes, when Kit paints a Unicorn that is backgrounded onto a rainbow coloured wall with sparkles! She has concerned parents, which includes Joan Cusack as the mother, and obviously the parents are quirky too. They run an organisation that helps emotionally challenged youngsters and serve only kale for dinner, with pita crisps. Kit obviously doesn’t subscribe to this at all and instead likes to eat Pizza.
But one day, after much disappointment on the art front, and the constant pressure to grow up from being a unicorn oriented girl into a lady, and the horrible comparisons to Kevin, Kit decides to grow up.
From here on, the movie is about a lesson that is given to you about growing up and it’s realities. So, failure is not immaturity ; you can’t buy happiness ; believe in yourself and you’ll succeed and so on.
This, is also the time, they bring in their interpretation of the song ‘Blurred Lines’.
Because, Kit is not allowed to give up her fantasy of Unicorns! Enter, The Salesman from The Store, who sells unicorns - “We sell what you want. We sell what you need” - played by Samuel L. JacksonNow, I was ok with this. Cause I figured, this is a coming of age kinda movie. Also Larson is cute, so you don’t care much for the fantasy part… I mean you do… you know what I mean - I want to be an Avenger! Don’t be dirty…
So, we have Kit, who has taken up a job in order to become a responsible adult and at the same time, she has The Salesman, selling her a Unicorn. This starts affecting her work and personal life. The Salesman, needs Kit to complete her KYC and part of that needs her building a space for the Unicorn, filled with love. The lines are blurred, because this is not just left as a metaphor, Kit needs to build an actual physical space for the Unicorn. This is where her soon to be beau enters - Virgil.
Virgil also is the guy who thinks too lowly of his abilities, but as he takes this project on, he himself realises his potential and goes on from being a janitor to an assistant manager! Woo hoo!
So another life lesson being taught here.
Kit embraces her inner self which is all about being colourful in a world obsessed with minimalism in art and expands that into the workspace too. One line which really stands out WRT her boss is “am I cute enough to be sexually assaulted?” I’m still of the purpose of this line beyond just being fucked up.
Anyway, at some point Virgil comes to know about The Salesman and is convinced that Kit is being robbed, especially since she gave out her financial info. This loops back into the theme of Kit coming of age… and you're like, yeah of course. It makes sense, after all the purpose was to teach life lessons. But, blurred lines again…
Now if I tell you more, I'll pretty much let the entire plot out. More than I already have. So I won't. The only thing I'd say in the end is that, it's not a bad movie. I mean if we choose to love the MCU, then any kinda fantasy movie should work. So why not this, a story with The Unicorn Store?
Here's the trailer:
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