Fairies, dwarves, and trolls come to life in Artemis Fowl, Disney‘s newest fantasy film. Based on Eoin Colfer‘s series of youth fantasy novels, the film tells the story of Artemis Fowl, a genius boy who must face the underground world of fairies to rescue his father, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious villain.
The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh, director of Thor (2011) and Cinderella (2015). It stars Ferdia Shaw as the young Artemis Fowl, Lara McDonnell as the fairy Holly Short, and Josh Gad as the dwarf Mulch Diggums, and features performances by Colin Farrell and Judi Dench, among others.
Although its release in theaters was scheduled for March 2020, the film was released in June through the Disney+ platform due to the closure of theaters caused by the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic.
After almost a decade in production, Disney finally managed to release the long-awaited adaptation of Artemis Fowl, a project that has been passed from producer to producer since 2001. It was not until July 2013 that Disney announced that the movie was finally in development, and that it would adapt the first two books of the saga. However, the film did not turn out to be the adaptation fans expected.
Artemis Fowl moves away from its source material to create a story that, while retaining elements from the books, feels messy, crammed, and full of exposition. The film does not seem to be able to get out of the first act, which affects the narrative quality of the story and which clearly points to the desire to build a new franchise around the character, whose personality and development showed little to none during this installment.
Although it can be enjoyed by kids, Artemis Fowl does not seem to be one of the most polished of Disney movies. It remains to be seen if the planned sequels will actually be made.