Here’s Everything Parents Need To Know About The Artemis Fowl Movie
This Parent Review is also for Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Godparents, siblings, and anyone else that may be looking to watch the Artemis Fowl movie with kids.
What is the Artemis Fowl movie about?
So from what I remember, this movie is about the Fowls family.
There’s dad (Artemis Fowl Senior) and his son, Artemis Fowl Jr., who the movie is really based on. Dad always read his son folklore tales when he was little and tried to teach him about fairies, trolls, and other species that so many of us thought weren’t real.
And while his son always thought the stories his dad told him were makebelieve, when his dad goes missing and he finds his dad’s journal, Artemis later learns the stories are actually true.
Once dad disappears, Artemis Jr. gets a call from the kidnapper, stating that in order to keep his dad alive he has to find the oculus and bring it to him. That’s of course when the drama begins!
Artemis has no clue what this oculus is and enlists the help of a family friend, Domovoi Butler, as well as a fairy named Holly. There’s also a giant dwarf (yes, oxymoron, we know, sigh) played by Josh Gad named Mulch, who narrates the entire story from a jail interrogation room.
Anywho, Artemis angers the fairies and sets forth a ton of events into motion that he believes will help him find the oculus and his dad.
Is this movie kid-friendly?
Yes! It’s definitely made for kids!
It’s clear after watching it, that this is a kids movie.
Is this movie best for younger kids? Older kids?
I’d say this movie is best for younger kids, so let’s say, school-aged kids, think elementary school, and maybe junior high school?
However, it’s perfect for the entire family to watch together.
Are there any inappropriate scenes or components for kids? (ex: language, songs, etc.)
There weren’t any inappropriate components in this movie for kids, which was great! However, I will say that if your family comprises of kids younger than 5, they may be a little creeped out at Mulch pulling his jaw open to dig through the earth with his mouth.
Cause I’ll be honest, that creeped ME out! Lol It’s disgusting watching him do that! But it only happens 2 or 3 times so they should be okay.
Are there any positive messages in this movie?
Positive messages are always great talking points so I always try to find something that we can discuss afterward. (Or during one of the thousand times she mentions the movie after watching it. Lol)
Plus when something similar happens, I always use movies and tv shows to help her understand the situation at hand.
However, I honestly don’t think I noticed any messages, aside from the fact that Artemis Fowl gave the fairies consent to enter his home. (Apparently, they could only enter if he wanted them to?) But it’s a good thing to mention to kids that people should only enter if you allow them too.
How scary is the Artemis Fowl movie?
It’s not scary at all! There weren’t any moments I felt that were suspenseful enough that would scare kids. So aside from Mulch pulling his jaw open, I don’t think anything would scare kids in this movie.
Is there a ton of violence in this movie?
Nope, not at all. Just a fight or two, that isn’t really physical. Oh, and they do have guns, but not like actual guns, with bullets, more like space guns so it wasn’t a big issue for us.
Will parents actually enjoy this movie?
I think so! Despite how I felt after watching the Artemis Fowl movie, I really enjoyed watching it with my daughter.
So it’s a good movie for everyone to watch.
Are there any catchy songs kids may remember or get stuck in your head?
Nope! Not a one! This was mostly instrumentals aka a score, so there aren’t any songs. But I totally think it would have been cool if they had a few!
Which is something I covered in my adult / millennial review over on Popcorn and Tequila. I personally hate when movies are marketed to kids but don’t have any songs for the kids to remember.
Do you need to watch the end credits?
Nope. I waited just in case, but there wasn’t anything in the end credits. Which is a bummer, since it feels like there may be a sequel?
Anything else worth mentioning?
Well, of course, there is! Lol
If you’ve read my movie reviews on Popcorn and Tequila (my movies + tv shows blog for adults) then you know I ALWAYS have a ton to say. Lol
So here are some other things worth mentioning …
- this movie feels super incomplete as if there’s a hole in the plot
- Josh Gad was super good in this and Mulch gave me Hagrid (from Harry Potter) vibes
- I didn’t read the book but the ending made me super upset
Here are a few other things I mentioned in my adult review: Artemis Fowl Movie Review: Can We Just Throw This One Away And Start Over?
And that’s it!
I hope this movie review helps you make a decision on whether or not the Artemis Fowl movie is right for you and your family.
Movies are supposed to be a fun activity for parents and kids to enjoy together, so I really do hope this helped!
If it did, please let me know in the comments.
Oh, and just in case you don’t believe me and my “little” review, my 8-year-old daughter also wrote a Kid’s Review, so check that out below.
And if you guys still haven’t read the books, grab one below perhaps? I heard they’re WAY better than the movie! Plus it’ll give the kids something to do this Summer, right?
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