This week I chose to watch the Netflix original movie "Unicorn Store."
"Unicorn Store" is Brie Larson's directorial debut, but she also stars in the movie. The movie is written by Samantha McIntyre.
The movie is about Kit (played by Larson) who moves back home after being kicked out of her art college because her professor didn't like her art. From there, she struggles to find direction in her life.
After being kicked out of college, she takes a job through a temp agency making copies for an office all day. At the same time, she receives a mysterious invitation to have a live unicorn if she is found worthy.
Here's a little backstory: Kit, growing up and even into adulthood (if you want to call it that), was obsessed with unicorns, rainbows and glitter. So, when she hears that she can finally have the unicorn she always asked her parents for as a child, she jumps at the opportunity.
From there the film is disappointing, cliche, unrelatable and honestly a bit weird (even for me, and I have a fond spot for weird movies).
The movie sets itself up as if it could be a compelling and somewhat profound story, but instead, "Unicorn Store" is more literal and cliche. It's similar to just about every movie that features a down-and-out person who is forced to live in the mundane rather than expressing who they truly are. The lead character eventually finds a way to bust through and make a big scene to reveal to the world who they truly are, usually with the help of a romantic partner or best friend.
"Unicorn Store" definitely has that, but it's told in an uncomfortable and unrelatable way. Albeit, it may be unrelatable to me as I didn't grow up as a girl who loved unicorns and rainbows.
Kit is a grown woman who still wears rainbow everything, bright and glittery clothing, still loves unicorns and still has her Care Bears collection. Oh, and she stills throws temper tantrums just as a child would.
Regardless of being male or female, or if you preferred My Little Pony or Power Rangers in childhood, as an adult watching Kit, I find it very hard to relate to someone who is ultimately a grown child.
Despite that, there are some good moments in the film. Kit, who has always struggled making friends, finally makes one. From there are quite a few heartwarming and enjoyable scenes between the two.
There are also some funny scenes where Kit's quirky (and childish) personality really comes through. That, in a way, proves to be cliche, referring back to the busting-through-the-norm trope and coming to terms with who you truly are. However, that is always a good message to push to an audience.
As for Larson's directorial debut, her direction was not terrible, but the writing of the film made it fall short.
Do what you will with this week's Netflix Fix, and happy streaming ladies and gents.
Avery Seeger is a staff writer at the Kentucky New Era. His column expounds on his love of movies and goal to produce films one day. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AveryNewEra.