A Critical Review of Artemis Fowl: The Movie

     Intriguing, thrilling, revolutionary. These are some of the words to describe some of the grandest and most remarkable films that truly left their mark on cinema, media, and pop culture as a whole. Films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings are the highest tiers when it comes to perfection and nostalgia. Now the question that stands is, does the film Artemis Fowl stand a chance at being granted the honor of joining the highest tiers of films?

     In short, this answer is no, Artemis Fowl will never achieve such popularity, and in the future will not be known as a milestone for theatre, nor will it be known for its own merit. Instead, it will be known as one of the few B movies that Disney created such as Aladdin: King of Thieves, Flubber, Planes, and Chicken Little. From the beginning, Artemis Fowl had multiple things contribute to its lack of success in all. For starters, Artemis Fowl was set to be in theaters this year, however, COVID-19 had different plans for the film industry, and because of this Disney decided to shelve the movie onto Disney+ as a treat for viewers. A key sign to a below-average movie is the lack of faith a studio has for its film, which sadly ended up being its demise. Having spent a few million dollars on its advertisement campaign, it is no wonder that this film was poorly received by critics alike.

     I must add, however, even though the plot felt rushed, with sub-par acting from the cast around, grace is given to the many child actors that partook in this film. For example, the character Artemis Fowl was the debut for Ferdia Shaw, the actor that played him. Furthermore, there were some aspects I enjoyed, such as Josh Gad’s performance as Mulch Diggums, which really brought my attention to the introduction for this whole adventure.

     Astounding visual effects were present throughout the entire film. The truly detailed scenes will leave you in awe with the input for Disney’s special effects team and for how many hours they work on these sorts of projects. This certainly shows the dedication you must have for such a career, which is quite a shame knowing what happened to the film in the end, especially given that the editors put nearly three years of work into the project. The movie was filmed around Europe back in 2017-2018 and was supposed to be released in November of this year.

     I believe if the better dialogue were in place along with better acting, Artemis Fowl would have been the beginning of a new saga of films which would be based on the fantastic book series written by Eoin Colfer. In all, Artemis Fowl is not a film for the average moviegoer, nor will it be a film to remember; however, it is a wonderful film for children, as Disney always succeeds in creating. In conclusion, critics and viewers alike will always see Artemis Fowl for the 9 percent Rotten Tomato score it was handed and never as the beginning of a successful franchise it was meant to be.