“Lacking in vivid characters, compelling stakes or memorable set pieces, Walt Disney DIS’s Artemis Fowl brings to mind the very worst of the post-Harry Potter attempts at young adult fantasy franchises.
“So THAT’s why Artemis Fowl went to Disney+. The Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel was supposed to open in theaters, first on August 9, 2019 and then May 29, 2020.
“But that second theatrical release was canceled due to coronavirus-related theater closures, and the $125 million fantasy is now the first big-budget Disney flick to debut on the studio’s streaming platform.
“While the notion of Artemis Fowl becoming a theatrical hit was always a longshot, its sheer lack of quality almost qualifies as a mitzvah to movie theaters.”
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