Unicorn City movie review: Table Top RPGs, LARP, and Love

filmreelIndie nerd friendly movies are a trend of today. As a child, or even a teenager I would have never dreamed of the likes of the Guild, Gamers, or Unicorn City.

Unicorn City has a name that will instantly repel some male viewers (and conversely may attract others) but everyone should look past it’s name, because this movie isn’t about unicorns, but a comedic take on following  the nerd dream and finding nerd love.  A minimum spoiler review is after the trailer.

Devin Mcginn plays Voss, the movie opens in a comic shop in the midst of DnD Game and Voss’s struggle with his DM, and antagonist, Shadowhawk.   We quickly learn Voss is like many of us have been at some point in our lives, a frustrated dreamer. He has high hopes for an impossible job he has applied, and continues to reject the mundane world of his brother’s taco van.

In an attempt to get the job he, and his friends, squat on some land and make Unicorn City, a utopia for gamers. The laughs come quickly as we see them battle a constructed monster on top of a car in LARP style (Live Action Role Play) attract others like a succubus, and a centaur (whose horse half is a decorated color.)

Voss is clueless to the love of the shy Marsha. As much as Felcia Day is well liked in the nerd community, I’m actually thankful this wasn’t here. The role felt similar to what Day played on the guild, but Jaclyn Hales imo did an excellent job, and i think she could take on Day for the role of nerd queen.  Women in general are treated well here. In the past year the internet has erupted in a storm of controversy over wither are not geek girls are real etc. but  the portrayal of women here are as in genuine nerds who happen to be women too.

The movie has some memorable moments, the knife on the little miniature, the cooler centaur, especially his pee, as well as a few decent twists on the end. The story is solid with a good conclusion. The effects are good but sparse, the acting is superb and overall it felt like a bunch of real nerds having real fun, and that is so contagious you might find yourself encouraging others to watch the movie as i am now.

For those of who are interested in scores by numbers, it easily earned  5 stars on Netflix from my profile.