Brie Larson's directorial debut, Unicorn Store, has received fairly mixed press since its April 5th release on Netflix. As appears to be a new trend with Brie Larson's films, a fair amount of the negative coverage has nothing to do with the film itself.
When a Twitter user voiced doubts about the quality of Larson's directing after watching what he felt was an underwhelming trailer, Netflix responded by posting an extensive list of Larson's previous credits. Some media outlets unfairly accused the Twitter user of trolling, while others unfairly accused Netflix and Larson of targeted harassment. Some debates are pointless from all sides.
Those more concerned with the actual movie than with asinine drama may have read reviews that describe Unicorn Store in similar fashion - pointless from all sides. Whether watching to support the director, to see what messages the film has to offer, or simply to enjoy Unicorn Store's twee take on magical realism, some viewers will find themselves wondering why they bothered. It's a rare breed of film that's at once both enjoyable and entirely forgettable.
This is likewise true of Unicorn Store's saccharine attempts to inspire its audience. Like other pony-centric media, it contains some sweet life lessons that don't quite land. The following seven lessons in particular are great, but never quite make the impact they could have.
Warning: Unicorns are rare, but spoilers are not. You'll find plenty of them here.
Kieran enjoys overanalyzing and arguing about pop culture, believing that heated debates can (and should) be had in good fun. He currently lives in Fort Worth, TX, where he spends his time chatting with strangers on the bus and forcing them to look at pictures of his dog.