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The Artemis Fowl Film Adaptation is Way Off the Mark

How do you feel about a childhood book series being totally changed in a movie adaptation? The new Artemis Fowl movie being released by Disney this year is changing its main character, 12 year-old Artemis, into a good guy, instead the villain he famously was in the book series.

 

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“Artemis Fowl” had been compared to “Harry Potter” in the past, but this comparison didn’t sit well with the author of the series, Eoin Colfer.  His response was that Artemis is an anti-Harry Potter figure, someone who robs and kidnaps and is largely unbothered by remorse.

 

In the first book, Artemis’s father, Artemis Fowl I, goes missing, and his mother goes mad with grief.  Artemis and Butler, someone he relies on for protection, discover a portal to the fairy underworld, and Artemis kidnaps a fairy and holds her for ransom in order to fund his search for his father.  The fairies fight against Artemis for doing this, and he has to fight back against their powers.

 

 

The trailer above opens with a dwarf named Mulch Diggums being investigated by a mysterious voice. The mysterious voice asks Mulch about the man he works for, to which Mulch replies, “This isn’t the father; it’s about the son,” grinning all the while.  We then see Artemis Fowl I praising Artemis Fowl II for his growth in strength and intelligence surpassing his expectations.

 

When Artemis senior disappears, Artemis junior receives a phone call that his father stole something important from an unknown group, and that he should return it or face consequences.  Butler then has no choice but to reveal Artemis senior’s underground lab to Artemis junior, stating that he has protected the world from secrets that could destroy Earth.

In the quest to find his father, Artemis partners with Mulch Diggums as well as a LEP elven reconnaissance officer named Holly Short.  There are then scenes of action-packed fighting against an otherworldly army.

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The problem with this movie, according to hardcore fans of the book, is that it’s a far departure from the “evil genius” character that is seen in the books.  The above Nerdist article links some of people’s opinions on the upcoming movie (I featured two I liked).

 

 

As you can see, some people are just… not happy. Their reasoning isn’t far off, though. The fact that the new Artemis Fowl movie features Artemis as a hero rather than as a villain is probably an attempt from Disney to make the film more kid and family oriented. Nevertheless, the entire premise is changed, and when that happens the film just doesn’t honor the novel it’s adapting.

Of course, if this doesn’t deter you, you can go see the movie in theaters when it releases. It’s not a bad premise, but the hardcore fans will probably be passing on this one.

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The New Star Wars Episode 9 Trailer Looks Incredible

A new trailer for the much anticipated final segment of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy has arrived. The footage was first screened as Disney Expo over the weekend before being released to the general public. And holy moly, this new trailer is packed with goodies. But before we precede, there is a POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING. Many fans like to avoid trailers as they risk being spoiled and this new Ep 9 trailer is no different. So if you don’t want to risk being spoiled before the film’s release, turn back now.

Okay?

Okay here we go.

 

Rey

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The trailer begins with a clip show of all the previous films in the saga and their iconic moments. Luke staring at the Binary Sunset on Tatooine, the Battle of Hoth, Darth Vader revealing to Luke he’s his father, Han and Leia’s kiss, Darth Maul igniting his double lightsaber, Emperor Palpatine assuming control over the Old Republic, Rey and Kylo Ren’s first duel, and the Battle of Crait. Its a nice mashup of the entire series and showcases that this film is meant to be the final cap on the saga.

Afterwards, the new footage truly begins with glimpses of our favorites: Rey, Poe, Finn, and Chewie, standing over a town in the desert that appears to be celebrating a festival of sorts. We also get a glimpse of Leia, which brought tears to our eyes as the memory of Carrie Fisher’s passing still stands strong.

 

The gang

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Intriguing glimpses of footage truly begin in earnest after. A fleet of Rebel ships, with models of starship from the original trilogy, emerge from hyperspace. This footage is backed up with a HUGE fleet of Star Destroyers, also from the original trilogy, flying through what appears to be a dark cloud. Lightning flashes through the scene, revealing there’s positively hundreds of Imperial ships coming to attack. Although he isn’t shown, its clearly implied this is the work of the Emperor, who is set to return with a vengeance after his supposed death in Return of the Jedi.

 

What could this be?

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The footage continues with a glimpse of C3PO and he looks absolutely menacing. Our favorite gold robot lurches toward the camera, his eyes glowing red. Has he gone bad? This is shortly followed by a huge red energy beam carving through a planet, making it clear we might be getting another planet killing weapon, perhaps even bigger than the Death Star or Starkiller Base.

Next, we see how Rey has evolved with the Force. Like Thor, she tosses her lightsaber through a forest, the lightsaber spinning and slicing trees to ribbons before she recalls it to her hand. This will serve her well, as the trailer also showcases her throwing down with Kylo Ren. The two are dueling atop an enormous chunk of metal in a raging sea, viciously fighting sword to sword as the waves crash around them. We are HYPED for this fight and with Rey’s increased Force powers, its surely to be a longer duel than the one in The Force Awakens.

 

Kylo v Rey

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But the biggest reveal of all is where the spoilers come in. At the end of the footage, Rey is revealed and much like C3PO, she’s not herself. She’s wearing a black robe, echoing the sinister Emperor, and is holding a folded up lightsaber with two crackling blades. With a flick of her wrist, the lightsaber unfolds into a double-bladed variant just like Darth Maul. Rey looks like she’s going full Sith and lends credence that she could go bad in the final chapter. But we’ll have to see.

The Rise of Skywalker explodes into cinemas on December 20th, 2019. Are you hyped? Does this footage have you excited? And what do you think of Dark Rey? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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