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Brie Larson's 'Unicorn Store' Isn't A Loss Of Reality, It's A New Viewpoint

As absurd as the movie is, at its core, it serves as a reminder to embrace the child within you.


When I heard Brie Larson was not only starring in a new movie but also directed it, I was elated. She has been one of my favorite actresses since 2013 when I first watched "Short Term 12." I've seen "Room" upwards of 20 times and I think she's what saved "The Glass Castle," which is also one of my favorite books. I also recently watched "Captain Marvel" almost immediately after it entered theaters and although it wasn't my favorite movie of hers, her talent shines through no matter the genre, but this isn't the article I'm going to write to defend that opinion.

However, when I first watched the trailer for "Unicorn Store," I was perplexed, to say the least. This actress known for her deeply dramatic roles detailing heartache and triumph almost didn't seem to fit the part of a character seemingly out of her mind in a movie filled with color.

But I was wrong.

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It's dramatic, childlike and bizarre, but the movie serves as a reminder to not be afraid to be colorful in a world that is often black and white, which is everything you also need sometimes. Through the plot, Brie Larson chases after the promise of receiving a unicorn from a salesman who is about as out of this world as she is. She goes through the disappointment of the people she loves most not believing her and the image of her looking absolutely crazy throwing glitter in the air at a work pitch meeting.

Although it seems like it's a role Brie Larson would have never taken, it's a perfect fit for her. Through her career, her acting is always raw and from the heart. Her delivery puts you in her character's shoes and enters you into the scene of something wildly out there but also intimately familiar. We become the mom who was held captive alongside her son and battles finding her true personality again. We become a counselor fighting for children to see their self-worth. And in "Unicorn Store," we become the adult with childlike dreams that seem unrealistic but are right there in front of you.

Unicorns and glitter aside, what's magical about this movie is that we see ourselves in her. We become Kit, the wildly ostentatious yet determined woman with her feet covered with sparkles and paint in her hair. Through her fighting for her dreams, we begin to recover ours in our minds.

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Without giving away any spoilers, Brie's last monologue in the movie filled my eyes with tears when everything she was saying felt like it was coming from my heart. I felt her take the words out of my mouth that I didn't know were there. I felt the woman in me begin to unfold to show the young girl I once was who dreamed of dancing through life and being ultimately happy.

At its core, this movie is not about rainbows and unicorns – that's only some of the time. What it's really about is chasing your dreams, even when they seem silly and outrageous. In a world that tells us to grab a suitcase and mold into society's expectations, Kit tells us to not just ignore what people are saying, but don't even pay any attention to their doubts.

This movie is too real while also being the most unrealistic movie.

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At first glance, I think this would be an easy movie to shrug off and keep scrolling down the Netflix queue. It seems like it's fit for a child, but I think every adult, even ones with dreams buried so deep, should watch it with an open heart and open mind.

Brie once again shows her brilliance, courageousness, and creativity in a role that anyone else would make to seem gimmicky.

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'Unplanned' Is The Movie Of The Year

Abby Johnson's story is real, powerful, and deserves our attention.


A suspended Twitter account, an R rating, and only 1,000 theaters showing it with an expected $3 million in sales. Flash forward to when "Unplanned" started's doubled in expected sales, beaten records left and right for views and money it's bringing in and is currently ranked #4 in the US. Besides unexpected and outstanding statistics, it's a movie about something new. Something Hollywood has never covered. Something that is raw and truthful, holding nothing back even if it's hard to watch.

Abby Johnson's story is real and powerful. She's seen every single side and hidden corner of the pro-life/pro-choice movement in her own personal life, which makes her the perfect voice for the unborn and unplanned.

You can't hear her story or watch "Unplanned" without relating to at least one part of it.

Is it graphic? Yes. But is it over dramatized? Nope. Everything within the first 30 minutes of "Unplanned" is what happens every hour of every day in America and we call it equal rights for women. Personally, I've always been pro-life. But after leaving that movie, I've never been more pro-women. I was angry watching it. Women are lied to about everything in Planned Parenthood. Women are coerced into killing their own children and then told that it's not even a child yet. These women are scared, hopeless, and looking for an instant solution and Planned Parenthood takes advantage of it and makes money off it. If you're a woman and reading this, why AREN'T you angry yet?

This movie was everything the world needed after New York dropped the ban on late-term abortions. This movie is everything this country needed to see. For once, someone took a risk and threw hard, real, truth out into the world and didn't sweep it under the rug.

Pro-life, pro-choice, whatever you are — this movie is the movie of the year. The only excuse for those who don't go and see it is that they too like to sweep things under the rug.

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Thanos Isn't The Real Villain, Overpopulation Is — He Actually Fixed The Problem

Overpopulation is a real world problem, and Thanos posed a solution.


If you've ever seen any "Avengers," "Guardians of the Galaxy," or Marvel superhero movies, you'll know who Thanos is. He's portrayed as the evil father of Gamora and his goal is clear: to wipe out half of the population. Many of us were not expecting him to actually succeed — because, in every other movie, the Avengers prevail. But in "Avengers: Infinity War," this was simply not the case. He successfully wiped out exactly half of the population and we watched some of our favorite characters like Black Panther, Vision, The Witch, and Groot disintegrate. But why was this such a bad thing?

Thanos' logic isn't really off — overpopulation has been a real-world problem for years now, with the rate growing at two percent per year. Even though this doesn't sound like a lot, it's faster than any other time period in history. This means that death rates either need to go up, or the birth rate needs to decrease.

According to the World Population Census, in 2015 there were approximately 7.2 billion people in the world. But in 2016, it was approximately 7.3 billion. In just a year, a little more than 100 million people were born. At this rate, overpopulation will affect the amount of food available, poverty rates, and air quality. With so many people continuously being born, factories are going to be forced to produce more products, releasing more CO2. Poverty rates will rise because there won't be many jobs available so people won't be able to afford much. While this sounds like a very grave diagnosis, Thanos found a solution to this in the "Avengers: Infinity War" film. By collecting the infinity stones of mind, power, reality, soul, space, and time, he succeeded in fixing this overpopulation problem — that is a serious problem today.

Since infinity stones, unfortunately, don't exist, what can we do to prevent overpopulating our beautiful planet? The answer may lie in finding more effective ways to use our natural resources better, or it may not, we have no way to know for sure. Maybe the Earth can hold more than eight billion people and still maintain other species. While we may never be able to accurately predict what could happen, we know that overpopulation is eventually inevitable. So far, there isn't an answer to solve this issue either, which may sound like a very depressing fact, but it's true. Multiple theories have been suggested but, none have been enacted. "Avengers: Infinity War" was a cinematic wake-up call, and proves that maybe Thanos isn't so crazy after all. While infinity stones would be a great answer to this problem, they don't exist. So, in the wise words of Tony Stark, " Let's do something insane — let's save the world."

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