Review: Artemis Fowl adaption lacks spark and charm

The long-awaited movie adaptation of the beloved book series Artemis Fowl has understandably skipped closed cinemas and landed on Disney+

Artemis Fowl is young, brainy, and a criminal mastermind. He's the star of eight books and now the star of his first movie.  

But will there be others?

This Kenneth Branagh-directed outing attracted the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Colin Farrell to guide first-time actor Ferdia Shaw as our Artemis with the wonderful Josh Gad along for the laughs.

The story sees Artemis declaring war on the secret fairy people. His mission is to restore the family fortune, all the while on a hunt for his missing father.

To do that, he needs the powerful 'Aculus'.

This film has been in the works for 20 years with the hopes of kicking off another big family-friendly franchise, but I'm afraid to say this is not one of those occasions where I get to say it was worth the wait.

Lovers of Artemis and his book series may be more forgiving than I am about to be, but goodness gracious me, this entire enterprise lacked even a modicum of spark or charm and failed to engage from the get-go. 

Sorry Artemis, I feel like you deserved something much better than this.  

Two stars.