When I saw the trailers for this, I was rightfully confused. I’m not sure I 100% got what the movie was going for, but it looked wacky and weird in a fun way. Also, Samuel L. Jackson was wearing a pink suit, so... of course I watched it.
To describe this film would be to attempt to put it in a box, something that the makers of this film specifically seek to avoid. The best I can come up with is that it is light but emotional, silly but serious, and fantastical but grounded. They’ve taken a story about a girl making her home worthy of a real live unicorn and turned it into an excellent message about love, imagination, growing up, and the age-old idea that there really is magic all around us.
Brie Larson does an excellent job in both acting and directing roles. She showcases an incredible emotional range as the main character, Kit, that sits at the heart of this film. She honestly had me crying a bit by the end. Samuel L. Jackson plays an excellent quirky support as the unicorn salesman. Other standout performances include Mamoudou Athie as Virgil the hardware store guy, and Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford as Kit’s parents, Gladys and Gene.
From a production perspective, everything was well-edited and shots were well-constructed and thoughtful. Every scene had a point to advance the story none of them felt like filler. They made excellent use of color to divide the parts of Kit’s life between her unicorn fantasy and the drudgeries of her day job. Every choice was deliberate, which leaves the viewer with a sense that they’re in good hands.
In conclusion, while the trailers may have made this film look strange and pointless, there is no doubt in my mind that this makes for an excellent addition to the star-studded list of Netflix Originals. Its wild and crazy heart communicates an important message in our current society, where it feels like whimsicality and creativity are dying out.