Wizard World Chicago: Unicorn City Welcomes You
Saturday here at Chicago Comic Con has been a very long day, but extremely rewarding. To cap off our evening, we attended a screening of new movie called Unicorn City. I can not possibly think of a better way to have finished today than with what we witnessed in Room C. From what I had learned about the movie prior to attending the screening was that it was a film focusing on a gaming guy who creates this fantasy world for himself and the troubles that he experiences in doing so.
If you have read my Gencon article, then you know that I by no means call myself a gamer even though it has always been an interest. So this movie's premise most certainly piqued my interest, but I did wonder how much of it would be able to follow along with.
First off, this is a movie focusing on Voss, an unemployed tabletop gamer who has anger issues and a difficutly separating his real life from his gaming life. He is flanked by younger brother Clancy and good friend Marsha, both who are members of his guild. Requiring money to help pay his share of the rent to his older brother Seth, he interviews for a gaming director's job only to find that he needs to prove his leadership skills in order to stand out. This is his catalyst for creating a gamers utopia out in the countryside for him and his fellow gaming friends. At first life is great in this fantasy world he has created. Then his archnemisis ShadowHawk, shows up to tempt the citizens of Unicorn City and cause havoc in Voss's life. Voss must come to terms with his life and determine what is important and what is merely fantasy.
I know I sat down to watch this movie with some reservations. I had preconcieved notions it might seem too removed for a non-gamer to fully appreciate most of the movie. I was also worried that there would be a lot of "fantasy" scenes to deviate from what was the true meat of the story. I was extremely surprised to find at the movie that this is quite possible the most I have laughed at a movie so far this year. Sure the gaming aspect was a catalyst for most of the actions and jokes but the real punchlines were everyday frustrations. This is what makes it possible for everyone to find a way to relate to the characters. Also you can really sense the love that they have towards their gaming life. Everyone needs something to escape from their daily lives and this is what they are passionate about.
Some thing else that I loved about the movie is, that even though it was an indie film, it didn't feel like one. The production value was definitely very high, and this goes back to my worry that there would be too many "fantasy" scenes which can easily eat up budget. The acting was very strong in the lead roles with a few of the supporting roles needing a little bit of work. Their was definitely a sense of chemistry among the cast that seemed to fill in the cracks where there was a bit of light acting. Many indie's are also plagued by poor sound and an atrocious score. While the sound was nothing per se special, it was still strong and the score was excellent at some points but not affronting during the rest of the movie.
Basically the production team most certainly put their time and money in all the right spots. They focused on story first, and then fundamentals. More movies today need to follow their lead, and learn that in the long run I am going to remember I can appreciate this movie more in the long run because I don't need a exspensive movie setup to get the full experience. I just need to sit back, relax and enjoy. I encourage you to do the same and try help bring it to your city. Click here----->Unicorn City, to go to their Facebook page where I hope you will like their page and click the widget on the left requesting it to a local theater. Help us spread the word about this wonderful piece of art and share it with as many people as possible. When they ask what it is like, respond that it's Role Models meets Napoleon Dynamite, with a dash of the Community for spice.