This list is inspired for my co-host Kai B. Parker who I am still hoping will adopt me into his house with his wonderful wifie so I can share a room with his daughter and play with her magnificent Barbie dream house EVERY SINGLE DAY. But in seriousness I love me a unicorn and I feel like cinema has largely missed the opportunities available with these majestic horned creatures. There have been a few flicks over the years that have represented unicorns in its mystical awesomeness and also in ways of comedic relief. Here are five movies I think are sparkly and fancy. Ooh, and if you ever play ZOO TYCOON, the password to get yourself a unicorn is Xanadu.
5. HAROLD AND KUMAR
If for nothing more than a good laugh, Neil Patrick Harris had me rolling on the floor with his unicorn hallucination. I was never fond of the movie in particular but even watching the subsequent sequels had me in just so I could follow through with the NPH moments. If you plan on giving cinematic patronage to a unicorn in a hysterical fashion this is the way to go. Hands down.
4. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
This is a way to think of our beloved unicorn. All dead with it’s blood sucked out from the wicked bad “He Who Must Not Be Named” or that dude “Lord Voldemort” from the first addition of the Harry Potter series. It’s a small moment, but in it’s briefness you learn quite quickly how all powerful the unicorn actually is.
3. BLADE RUNNER
In Blade Runner there are many themes involving paranoia and what reality actually is. There is the moment where it’s “suggested” that Gaff may be Deckard’s “wrangler”. When he leaves the origami unicorn it even furthers the argument that he’s actually a replicant and that Gaff knows the truth. The unicorn in this film is important because it is part of a greater question about humanity. What exactly does it mean to be human?
2. THE LAST UNICORN
For a time I’d forgotten “The Last Unicorn”, but soon after my own younglings were birthed I revisited the off kilter tale as an adult only to find the story even more melancholy and darkly compelling. At times it was even disturbing but a rich story about a boy and this supposed Last Unicorn. The animation hasn’t held up well but the mood is captivating.
This is certainly the best representation of how a unicorn can be utilized in film, Ridley Scott’s feature film Legend is not only one of my favorite fantasy films but embodies the mysticism and magic that comes with the stories of a unicorn. The all powerful way they are revered and worshiped and the power of the unicorn itself is never fully explained but it captures the beauty of what we don’t know about the epic creatures.