Unicorn Store ★★★½

Is there anything that Brie Larson can’t do? Larson is an indie breakout star, an Oscar winner, a superhero and now, she’s turned her attention to directing, with her debut film Unicorn Store. Scripted by Samantha McIntyre, Unicorn Store is a joyful film which leaves a smile on your face. A film many young millennials will most likely identify with, especially those trying to make the painful transition from adolescence to adulthood. This quirky, bright, and colourful film is the perfect antidote to a rainy afternoon, and captures the mundane, grey, corporate world of office life perfectly.

The film follows Kit (Larson), an artist who dreams big and sees the world in all the colours of the rainbow. Kit is the type of character who you can’t help but warm to, even when she acts a little juvenile at times. Her dreams are dashed after her work is rejected by her college art professor. Feeling aimless, Kit takes up temp work to satisfy her parents (Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack), having been forced to move back in with them (her room has been changed to a ‘gym’, so she’s having to live in the basement with her carebears). Kit finds that work isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. When her new boss asks her what her long term goal in life is, she replies: “I would like to not be a great disappointment.”

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