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Wow, what a miss. I already knew from the trailers that it wasn't going to follow the book at all and basically just be capitalizing on the name brand while having little relation to it--but I wasn't expecting it to ALSO be a technically badly made film! The constant exposition lines, the cringey dialogue, the unemotional and also unclimatic climax... there are a lot of things to dislike about it as a standalone film. But as an adaptation of Artemis Fowl? It's abysmal. That deleted scene with the fairy (though not quite grisly enough) was far more the tone they should have been going for. Who butchered this film in the editing?
For a film that looked extremely generic from the trailers it actually ended up being sort of a guilty pleasure for me. Now there are still the obligatory "popular song for no reason" moments, but they also updated the overly done kid's moral of "we're all the same when you think about it" to "we are different, but that's a neat thing." I thought that was a good update--and the film doesn't drive the point 4th wall breaking into your skull like most kid films seem to!
Anyway, my main gripe with the film is that the climax felt the same as it was in the last one. I really feel like they could have gone about that a slightly different direction so it didn't just feel like a straight up copy and paste. But other than that some good visual humor, some lovely animation, even some nice songs. Definitely worth at least watching with your kids.
I have a big gripe with this film that may seem small and nitpicky to others--but what the heck, this is my review and this item took away most of my enjoyment from the film because it was ever present, lurking in the background.
The film takes place in America some time with early cars but still steamboats (so sometime after 1886). And yet despite America's awful history around this time pre civil rights (1954) the main couple of the film is biracial. The film is so gosh darn HAPPY and the couple is perfect, and everything is lovely... and my brain is screaming the whole time "it wasn't back then! How can they wear these time period clothes and act like everything was fine?!" I would have absolutely no problem with a biracial couple if they had put the film in modern days. But it's like they specifically chose the absolute worst time for biracial couples and just... ignored all that. It's weird. It's specifically weird. And I couldn't get invested in the talking dogs falling in love when my brain was so focused on the historical setting and location.
Very interesting film. You're kind of rooting for everyone even when you know they're doing absolutely terrible things. The film doesn't force you to root for them (nor sugar coat what they've done) but they're just likeable people that they kind of get you on their side naturally.... And then you remember that the victims are ALSO likeable people so there's an interesting dichotemy of audience motivation there.
The film has two separate tones, and that's clearly an intentional choice. But I did find the choices of the latter portion a bit more "for plot's sake" rather than what that character would clearly do in the scenario. Still, overall a very interesting film. Lots of color, well shot, good characters--well worth a viewing.
It may be a fairly standard kid film (and really you could substitute Sonic for any random woodland creature), but Jim Carrey really helps elevate the film into something that was interesting and fun to watch! He's just got a lot of fun spontaneous energy. The other lead human was fine as well, and although Sonic was more innocent and sweet than "Sonic"-like he was still a likeable character.