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.
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Unlike most of the sci fi movies, this film is solely based on the young intellectual mind in the world of science and fairies. When globe-trotting antiquities dealer Artemis Fowl Sr. goes missing while on a secret mission, the younger Artemis realizes all the legends his dad told him over the years were true. He teams up with some of those fantastic beasts (and tussle with others) to rescue his father, as well as retrieve a valuable, shiny mechanical device that’s super powerful in the fairy world but dangerous for human use.
The brilliant and rebellious 12-year-old Artemis Fowl, ends up being a dazzled, wide-eyed pawn rather than a driving force. We’re told in the beginning of the movie by Gad’s scruffy, thieving dwarf Mulch Diggums: “Do not underestimate the kid.” But as played by sweet-faced newcomer Ferdia Shaw, Artemis is more of a spunky and subversive troublemaker than the devious criminal mastermind who anchors Colfer’s books. He’d rather surf than go to school, Artemis has been softened to make him more accessible, which only makes him less interesting. Nevertheless, he is our conduit between the human world and the land of leprechauns, sprites and the like, and so we must follow him, dull as he may be.
Apart from Ferdia Shaw, young Lara McDonnell has made a dazzling appearance as a fairy from the underground worlds who first gets captured by Artemis and later supports him in stopping the terrible War.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl is a well and good film portrayed for young minds who stand on the line between science and fiction stories, the entire film is an outcome of fictional fairy world modified with science and technology.