I have never seen a book-to-film adaptation so flimsy, chaotic, and silly in its execution such as Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Artemis Fowl’. Keep in mind! This is coming from someone who has never read the books by Eoin Colfer, let alone even aware of its mythology. All I knew about it was that it was centered on a child thief named Artemis Fowl and the secrets he has to unlock. I am sure that it was one of the books I have wanted to read in my childhood, but never had a chance to. A feature film was inevitable and was in development since 2001, but never saw the light of day until its first teaser hit in 2018. Though, it had been pushed back from August 2019 to August of this year, only to be released just yesterday on Disney+ due to the Coronavirus.
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It is never a wise idea to trust marketing. In fact, the only purpose it serves is to bring people in to see your movie. I was sucked into Christopher Nolan’s newest “blockbuster” ‘Dunkirk’, which showcased the historical Battle of Dunkirk, which occurred from May 26 to June 4 1940; I had never really learned much about the event in school, let alone have researched it years before Nolan decided to turn this into an early Oscar contender (Indeed, it might happen), but much like his previous film ‘Interstellar’, its first trailer intrigued me. Seeing a group of young men duck for cover from an oncoming plane set to bomb the beaches of Dunkirk gave me an excitement for Nolan’s next blockbuster. Upon further seeing this retelling of an event which happened so long ago, I felt tiresome, while at the same time admiring the work put into this.
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