Unicorn Wars - Review (London Film Festival 2022)
Honour, Pain and Cuddles. 3.5 / 5
Directed by Alberto Vázquez.
An army of bear cubs is training and indoctrinating young recruits for the war against the unicorns, which threatens the safety of the cubs.
Absolutely insane from the first frame to the last, Unicorn Wars brings the brutal reality of war to the adorable world of teddy bears and unicorns with one of the most extreme visual juxtapositions ever to hit the big screen.
Using its cuddly style to present some truly harrowing imagery, there are moments of Unicorn Wars that are carved onto my retinas and will stay with me for a while. It pulls you in with a false sense of security using its comforting storybook style to ease your nerves before throwing blood, guts, gore, obscenities and everything gruesome it can get its hands/paws on at the audience.
Just when you think the film has peaked, when you've climatised to the madness, the final act goes full insane getting somehow darker and dropping some interesting social messages of the impact of war which feels a little bit tacked on the end. This ultimately wraps the film up feeling messy but at least the journey to get there was wickedly entertaining.
An unforgettable experience that is only made better knowing that one day some poor child is going to hit play based on the poster and proceed to have either the best or worst day of their life.