A criminal brain of 12 years is entangled in the world of fairies in the first trailer of the Disney film adaptation of science fiction and fantasy novel. Artemis birds. And we are not talking about Tinkerbell. These are rare fairies with neutrino pistols, capable of stopping time. Everything becomes a spectacular attraction, and having Kenneth Branagh (Thor) at the helm augurs well for the success of the film.
There are eight books in the Artemis birds Series by the Irish author Eoin Colfer, which details the extensive exploits of the titular character. The debut novel received generally positive reviews and some comparisons with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, although Colfer's books have never achieved the same stratospheric commercial success. Disney is betting that there is an equally strong appetite for the Artemis birds Series on the big screen.
Colfer describes his novels as "Die hard with the fairies.
The comparison understandably irritates Colfer, who describes his novels as more like "Die hard with fairies "That is a pretty accurate description: Artemis is the anti-Harry Potter, a thief and a kidnapper, among other faults, and remorse does not bother her very much, that's part of her charm.
In the first book, Artemis, aged 12, lives mostly unsupervised in the house of Fowl. His father (Artemis Fowl I) is missing, and his mother has gone mad with pain. He trusts his loyal protector, Butler, for companionship. They run into a portal to the underground world of the fairies, and Artemis decides to kidnap a fairy and ask for a ransom to finance her search for her father. The fairies retaliate, and Artemis must confront her wit against her magical powers. It is fiction, so, of course, it is successful, in addition to his mother being cured of her madness.
Artemis continues to rescue her father from the Russian mafia in the second book and ends up in an alliance with the fairies with whom she originally fought to help them defeat an army of goblins. There has been some confusion about whether the Branagh film adaptation will incorporate the events of the first two books or just the first, but last July, Colfer said in an interview that only the events of the first book are included.
Branagh described the film to Nerdist as a story of origin, comparing the arch of the character of Artemis with that of Michael Corleone in the 1972 masterpiece by Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather. "Please, do not take it too literally," Branagh warned. The form of the story is similar, since Artemisa, like Michael, at first only half knows the scope of his father's line of work, because he has stayed away from the day-to-day details. "I warn you, boy," an ominous husky voice in the trailer. "You're not ready for the truth behind what you're looking for." And like Michael, Ultimately, Artemis must decide whether to embrace that world or not.
In this case, it is a magical world that includes a police force of inferior elements (LEP), trolls, dwarves and goblins, all located below the "real" human world. Branagh is an excellent choice to direct the film version of Artemis birds, given how skilfully he navigated the difficult terrain intermediate between magic and science in the first Thor Movie for Marvel. Bonus: Dame Judi Dench plays a LEP Commander Root with gender change (the character is male in the novels) with her usual poise aplomb.
Artemis birds arrives at theaters on August 9, 2019.