'The Archies', starring Agastya Nanda, Khushi Kapoor and Suhana Khan, started streaming on Netflix today. The English and Hindi-language teen musical comedy film, directed by Zoya Akhtar, has been cared for by many mainly because it marks the debut of artists from three well-known families: the Bachchan family, the Sridevi-Boney Kapoor family, and the Shah Rukh Khan family.
What are critics saying about the Netflix release? Described as a gorgeous nostalgia piece by a critic, the teen comedy has been panned by some for being a Nepotism Central.
In its review, The Hindu described the film as "too basic". The review further opined, "Zoya Akhtar’s adaptation of Archie Comics can make for a cozy Christmas watch, as it’s easy on the eyes and heart. However, coming from a director like her, it feels like a letdown." Times Of India said, "While the comics are all about the group's goofy shenanigans, the movie falls short of being as irreverent. The characters are almost adulting and making tough choices between passion and practicality or progress."
You have to be aware of the world of The Archies in good measure if you want to enjoy the offering. "As readers who devoured these comics so high on all-American values, we know that it is easy-paced nostalgia of that era that Zoya Akhtar is going for, and the film does get in some of that feeling it its choice of apparel and hair-styles: skirts and pixie bob-cuts and high-waisted pants," Indian Express wrote.