Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yes.
Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Yes.
Music: Patrick Doyle felt like a perfect pick to compose the music for this movie. I also love that he is Irish as well and that he incorporated elements of traditional Irish music into the score.
Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterward? : Nope.
Was there a food pairing? : Spiral mac n cheese. If you like mac n cheese, spiral just adds a whole new dimension of tastiness :)
Thoughts: This was very different from the book. It has been a while since I've read the book, though, so it is hard to put a finger on specifics. I'm pretty sure the fairies are meant to be smaller and I'm also pretty sure the entire plot of the first book of the AF series was simply about a genius little boy extorting gold from the fairies. They re-arranged and added a lot of stuff for this movie, including (I'm pretty sure) pulling things from future books. As such, I don't hold any hopes for the continuance of adaptation of the series. The main issue, though, was that they forced progress in the character relationships when there was no time no space no way for there to be that amount of progress in their relationship yet.
I did love that they actually got Irish actors to play the people that live in Ireland. And I loved hearing the Irish accent again (sometimes you just don't know how much you really miss it).
I also appreciated that they got close for once with the actor's age to character's age. Ferdia Shaw who plays Artemis Fowl was born in 2004. I'm not sure how old he was during filming, but he was playing a 12 year old and actually looked pretty close to a real-life 12 year old. At most he was only maybe 2 or 3 years older. Way better than getting people in their mid 20s to play teenagers so real teenagers never get accurate portrayals in popular media to compare themselves to leading to all sorts of messed up conceptions and stuff for the poor real-life teenagers, and you know...etc.
Was this a good use of a night with the house to myself? : Meh.
In the End: 3 out of 5 stars. Could've been so much better. Can you imagine a 12-year-old heist movie? 12-year-old, spy-obsessed me would've died for it.