TIME TO BELIEVE.
When his father (Colin Farrell), a wealthy businessman, is kidnapped, 12-year-old Artemis Fowl (Ferdia Shaw) gets three days to find a powerful object called the Aculos. The young adult novel, a clever take on Irish fairy tales, took two decades to get filmed and the results were universally panned. Josh Gad is fun to watch as an oversized dwarf thief, but the film’s secret underground civilization of fairies fails to capture our imagination and much of the action and story feels generic and dull.
2020-U.S. VOD. 95 min. Color-B/W. Widescreen. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Novel: Eoin Colfer. Cast: Ferdia Shaw (Artemis Fowl), Lara McDonnell (Holly Short), Josh Gad (Mulch Diggums), Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Colin Farrell… Judi Dench.
Trivia: Alternative title: Artemis Fowl: The Secret World. Co-produced by Branagh. At one point, Jim Sheridan was considered as director. Originally scheduled for a theatrical release, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed plans.