OTT Review: The Archies - Netflix's Hindi movie
OTT Review: The Archies - Netflix's Hindi movie

OTT Review: The Archies – Netflix’s Hindi movie

The Archies: December 7, 2023 is the release date.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Featuring: Yuvraj Menda, Aditi Saigal, Adhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor, Vedang Raina, Mihir Ahuja, and Agastya Nanda

Zoya Akhtar, director

Producers: Sharad Devarajan, Jon Goldwater, Reema Kagti, and Zoya Akhtar

Music directors: Jim Satya, Aditi Saigal, The Islanders, Ankur Tewari, and Shankar-Eshaan-Loy

Nikos Andritsakis is the cinematographer.

Nitin Baid, editor

Associated Links: Trailer

Bollywood star kids Suhana Khan, Agastya Nanda, and Khushi Kapoor play the main roles in the film The Archies. This musical film was directed by Zoya Akhtar, who also directed Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a smash hit. See how things stand.

Story:

The Archies is about a few friends named Veronica and is set in an Anglo-Indian town. Dilton Doiley (Yuvraj Menda), Jughead Jones (Mihir Ahuja), Betty Cooper (Khushi Kapoor), Reggie Mantle (Vedang Raina), Ronnie Lodge (Suhana Khan), and Ethel Muggs (Aditi Saigal). Everyone has a soft spot for Green Park, which is regarded as the town’s center. The father of Ronnie Lodge makes the decision to clear the area of the trees in order to build a hotel. The movie is about the kids and their fight for the park.

Bonus Points:

Since The Archies is a musical movie, it is imperative that the songs are excellent. Justly so, the movie features a lovely soundtrack. Each song is expertly written and presented on screen. Every music director involved in the movie performed admirably.

An added bonus is the incredible production design and stunning images. Since the movie is based on the fictional American music group Archies, it makes sense to have the story take place in an Anglo-Indian town.

Suhana Khan, Agastya Nanda, and Khushi Kapoor—the star kids—all performed admirably in their feature debuts. Agastya Nanda is the most impressive of the three. Even with less screen time, Vedang Raina makes a significant impression. Yuvraj Menda, Aditi Saigal, Mihir Ahuja, and others do well in their roles.

Negative Points:

The second hour of the movie focuses on a beaten-to-death idea as its central theme. Given how many movies have explored the idea of preserving nature, the same story ought to have been presented in an even more captivating way.

The beautiful soundtracks and amazing visuals elevate the viewing experience despite the majority of the scenes’ blandness. The Archies eventually becomes too predictable, and it’s easy to see where the movie is going.

There should have been more focus on the emotional component. The resolution is a little trite and predictable. The Archies and other musical movies need to be sharper. The editing is disappointing because it would have been easy to cut out close to ten to fifteen minutes.

Technical Details:

The music directors Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, Jim Satya, Aditi Saigal, The Islanders, and Ankur Tewari did a fantastic job evoking the nostalgia. Nikos Andritsakis’s captivating cinematography captures some beautiful locations. Excellent production values are used. The editing needs improvement.

In The Archies, Zoya Akhtar makes a brief impression, so some of her magic is missing. While the idea is intriguing, the execution falls short. Most of the story is told simply. The Archies will not impress those who enjoyed the director’s earlier films as much.

Judgement:

Suhana Khan, Agastya Nanda, and Khushi Kapoor give respectable performances in The Archies, a mediocre musical film overall. The film’s greatest qualities are its amazing songs and visuals, but the narrative and narration could have been much stronger. While there are some excellent moments, one would hope for an even better performance from Zoya Akhtar. As such, the movie is only passably enjoyable.

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