We have been super excited ever since Disney Studious announced that an Artemis Fowl movie was in the works. Everyone loves a good adaptation, especially when it comes from fantasy fiction books, and Artemis Fowl is based on Eoin Colfer’s best-selling novel series. It focusses on a genius boy running a criminal empire after his father goes missing, leading him to discover the hidden land of fairies miles underneath the Earth. The young Fowl manages to capture an elf named Holly Short and keeps her hostage until he makes a trade with the fairy world in return for gold. The series goes on to show how a young kid like Artemis Fowl outsmarts ancient and experienced fairies every step of the way while also exploring his budding friendship with Holly. The story is certainly unique with elements we have seen in many movies before. Here are a few that ring the bell:
Richie Rich (1994)
There may have been no fairies or supernatural beings involved in this film but it focused on a rich kid who was a genius. You get the same in Artemis Fowl. He takes you around the world and impresses you with his analytical abilities and brilliant moves. And he has a personal bodyguard!
Peter Pan (2003)
Like Artemis Fowl, Peter too is a lonely kid who might seem to have everything one could need but still craves for more. Their adventures take them to faraway places where they must use their wits to beat their enemies and also make some friends along the way.
The Chronicles of Narnia series (2005–)
The Chronicles of Narnia takes us into the magical land where animals talk and witches, centaurs and fauns exist. Even in Artemis Fowl, we are introduced to new beings like elves, dwarves, and goblins that live among us but in hiding. And in the end, it takes a genius kid to save the day!
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
Artemis Fowl finds himself trapped in his own house while the fairies from the underground world try to defeat him. This sounds similar to the situation of the Grace kids who discover supernatural beings outside their house that want to kill them.
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Like the Grace kids and Artemis Fowl, siblings Sara and Seth are also trying to escape the people who want to cause them harm. The only difference here that they’re the ones who possess supernatural gifts and are being targeted by humans, just like Artemis Fowl is after Holly Short.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. was not really a movie for children but his character reminds us of Artemis Fowl. Fowl, too is a genius with excellent analytical abilities. It wouldn’t be wrong to think that Artemis can grow up to be Sherlock or someone brilliant like him.
The Percy Jackson series (2010–)
In this series, a young boy named Percy realizes that he is part-human, part-demigod and there exists a world full of interesting creatures amongst us. He then goes on many quests with the help of these creatures and forms meaningful relationships along the way. You will get the same in Artemis Fowl.
The BFG (2016)
A young girl named Sophie is whisked away by a giant who introduces her to a world beyond our own where many others of his kind exist. Despite being different from each other, Sophie and BFG form a lifelong bond and we are going to get the same with Artemis Fowl and Holly Short.
So if you have watched the above-mentioned films, you are bound to enjoy Artemis Fowl. The movie comes to theatres late this May and you can click the “Interested” button for more updates.