Artemis Fowl has a promising and remarkable plot that will surely leave you a print for days. Indeed, it’s perfectly fit for your kids and kids at heart to pamper themselves with friendly movies redirected to a streaming by coronavirus — a low bar, admittedly, after “Trolls World Tour” and “Scoob!” Artemis Fowl will give you an unusual yet satisfying taste.
The movie concludes after 94 minutes and the movie leaves so much cliffhanger scenes that will leave questions in your mind. I can say it’s like Harry Potter dancing in executives’ heads. How those plans line up with a Disney+ release — and for that matter, how the studio will assess whether to proceed — is a puzzle that’s almost more interesting than the film itself. The scenes are fresh and truly witty.
The people behind the art, director Kenneth Branagh have poured of his experience and expertise he unleashed on the making of the movie “Thor” to use realistic and powerful special effects and the construction of visually mesmerizing effects that seems earthly and fantastic at the same time.
The story begins in the city of Asgard, with a 12-year-old boy (Ferdia Shaw in the title role) was given an opportunity to accomplish a fantastic challenge and that is to save his father (Colin Farrell) from a threat from the opposition.
The boy was raised in Ireland by an elder fowl that educates him with stories about fairies and trolls, all of which comes in handy when dad gets abducted. Artemis — christened a “criminal mastermind” — must find a mystical object, the Aculos, in order to secure his liberty.
The magical creatures had fostered the boy to believe all that folklore he was taught but put those lessons into application in the near future with the assistance from a visiting fairy Holly (Lara McDonnell) and an oversized dwarf (Josh Gad, literally chewing up scenery).
In the early going, Branagh (working from a screenplay by Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl, derived from Eoin Colfer’s book) pretty successfully sucks the audience into the magic and mystery, playing the action at a more operatic level than most kids fare.
By midway through, the action revs up and the plotting becomes more haphazard, mostly feeling like one of those live-action Disney Channel movies (see “Descendants”), only with better supporting actors — including Farrell, Judi Dench and Nonzo Anozie — and on steroids. Yes, there’s a lot of ground to cover, but after hasty introductions, the characters scarcely have a chance to breathe.
At some point it may raise your brows and since the elements are completely satisfying, starting with the idea of a boy genius, as we’re told right off the bat: “Do not underestimate the kid,” Gad’s Mulch Diggums says, narrating the story in flashback of a particular scene.
Hence Disney have pushed through the limits, however, might have lavishly use the material to the extent that it’s hoping “Artemis Fowl” will break through amid a host of similarly themed fare — adapted for television as well as film — in a theatrical setting, before settling on its Disney+ debut.
Moreover, Branagh deserves the utmost recognition for infusing of seriousness and excitement to the movie project but finally feels like he’s been forced into a kind of shorthand by the need to shoehorn in so much of it. Nevertheless, he had done a great job.
And for the record, that’s a short review and glimpse, in theory, that could be improved upon should “Artemis Fowl” to attract more viewers and stir up their interest. “Artemis Fowl” premieres June 12 on Disney+.