They may be lighting up the screen and breaking box-offices with their new Marvel superhero movie Captain Marvel, but Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson will soon be seen in a brand new movie together, one titled Unicorn Store which just so happens to be Larson’s directorial debut. The film comes to Netflix in just a couple of weeks time.
Larson is Kit, a twenty-something woman who in the opening frames we see ejected from art school. Her outlandish, multi-coloured paintings seemingly too much for her conforming teachers. Kit still lives with her parents – a brilliant Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford – and is struggling to decide on what to do next. After deciding to initially dump herself on the sofa watching bad daytime TV, Kit decides to move onwards and upwards by joining a temp agency, and almost immediately lands her first job at a local PR film making coffee and handling the mundane photocopying. Her wacky dress-sense and kooky personality grabs the attention of the firm’s sleazy president Gary, who gives her a shot at working on a high-profile ad campaign for a leading vacuum manufacturer.
However, Kit starts to receive quirky cards from an unknown sender, asking her to attend somewhere referred to as ‘The Store’, a place where a mysterious stranger, played by Samuel L. Jackson awaits her, offering something she’s always dreamed of owning… a unicorn all of her own. However, in order to receive the gift, she must perform a number of tasks – building a suitable home for it, surrounding it with love etc. The film charts that journey in a slick, tight, 90-minute voyage of discovery with unique prowess and wonderful whimsy.
Unicorn Store hits Netflix on 5th April. Here’s the new trailer.