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50 Movies in 100 Days: Unicorn City

February 22, 2013

Unicorn City

This is a fun indie comedy about all things nerdy.  It is mainly about LARP-ing and role playing quest games but it’s done so in a very entertaining way and is completely over the top.  It is semi-predictable but they do a good job in character development as well as a good job with creating a villain that you really don’t like.

The story revolves around, Voss, a loser nerd who can’t keep a job and who basically just enjoys playing role playing games.  But when the dungeon master of their game kills him and he interviews for his dream job, he ends up creating Unicorn City.  Unicorn City is a place where people can play their role playing characters.  The “city” starts to flourish until Shadowhawk, the dungeon master from the RPG, comes and parks next to them, he steals all the LARP’ers away from Voss.  Things fall apart and Voss is kicked out of Unicorn City.  He decides to come back and save Marsha, the girl who loves him, but he hadn’t figured out that he liked her until now.

The acting in this film is surprisingly good.  Jon Gries is probably the biggest name having been in MIB, Supernatural, and other movies and shows.  He is a very solid bad guy in this film, not really evil, just egotistical, which is evil in the world of nerds.  Devin McGinn and Jaclyn Hales are Voss and Marsha.  McGinn is actually in The Last Lovecraft, which is also a very good movie and I’ve seen for the 50 new movies in 100 days.  He hasn’t done much besides that, but he’s a really good nerdy actor.  Hales hasn’t been in much else.

Visually much about this film is pretty low budget but looks good and is well done.  It is a character piece as much as having a major story developing Voss and the vilain.  They hit the nail on the head with how nerds are portrayed, those who believe themselves to be elite and better than everyone, and nerds who rage from time to time, and the much simpler just nerds for nerds.

Overall this is a really funny film that I highly recommend people.  It’s quirky, it is a good character character development, and a lot of good humor.  It is smart, and deals well with the nerd community and how it works.  Some of the nerd rage and elitism really reminds me of Batman fanboys flipping out when The Dark Knight Rises got less than perfect reviews, and that is what makes it work.  It is probably too nerdy for some, but the majority of people will like it.

Entertainment Grade: A-

Critical Grade: C+

Overall Grade: B

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