Artemis Fowl is a 2020 American science fantasy adventure film based on the Irish 2001-12 novels of the same name by Eoin Colfer. It is directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay co-written by Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl. The film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Colin Farrell, and Judi Dench.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance.
Why It Sucks
- The main flaw of the movie is that it deviates heavily from the source material, making it pretty much an in-name-only adaptation. Articles listing the differences can be found here and here.
- The editing in this film is very bad since there’s almost no transition between scene to scene.
- The humour in this is unfunny and weak.
- Very weak plot that steals elements from the Harry Potter movies, the Men in Black movies, the Percy Jackson movies, and the Spy Kids movies.
- Many of the characters barely resemble their book counterparts, both in appearance and characterization.
- Artemis, for instance, was changed from a villainous criminal mastermind into a heroic, friendly, emotional, and athletic person with barely any personality but only so that the movie can have a heroic protagonist designed by attempting to be an origin story for Artemis' career as a criminal mastermind.
- Butler's first name is used frequently, whereas in the books, the butlers' first names are never made public.
- Artemis' father isn't actually a crime lord in this film, and is portrayed as an art dealer revealed to have pulled off some heists, but for noble aims.
- This change is made by Kenneth Branagh as he thinks that audiences won't handle a 12-year-old villainous character which makes him incompetent with the intelligence of the audience due to this.
- According to Cynical Reviews the film has a problem with casting with not just Whitewashing in holly shorts which in the book she had dark skin but in the film she's white. But also the Butler who is eurasian in the book ends up being black in film getting accuse of Blackwashing.
- In short, it ends up upsetting both sides of the debate
- The movie is over-reliant on exposition from Mulch, which comes off as boring and condescending.
- Bad special effects and CGI which look very fake and unrealistic.
- Poor acting from actors such as Ferdia Shaw
- The soundtrack is decent and nice to listen to.
Artemis Fowl received generally negative reviews from critics and audiences, with criticism for its acting, screenplay, special effects, lack of originality and unfaithfulness to the source material. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 9% based on 159 critics, with average rating of 3.57/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "A would-be franchise-starter that will anger fans of the source material and leave newcomers befuddled, Artemis Fowl is frustratingly flightless.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 31 out of 100 based on 33 critic reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
- The film was originally meant to be released in theatres, but it instead would go to Disney+ due to COVID-19.
- This film is the first Disney+ Original that was filmed as a theatrical release. That is why the Disney+ Original logo does not appear, unlike all of the previous Disney+ original films.