After the success of Barbie, there’s one other nostalgic, poppy musical based mostly on a beloved property on the town (Image: Warner Bros)
There’s a brand-new, vibrant and barely kitsch movie out on Netflix at present that’s producing a variety of buzz on social media – because it’s branded a brand new launch for Barbie audiences to go ‘completely nuts’ over.
It ticks a variety of the identical bins, because it’s additionally a comedy movie with musical components, a vibrant classic type aesthetic and many pleasant dance numbers.
There’s additionally – like Barbie’s director and co-writer Greta Gerwig – a feminine filmmaker on the helm, with Zoya Akhtar directing.
The movie can also be, like Barbie, based mostly on characters from a beloved property of a few years’ standing – this time fictional American bubblegum rock band The Archies, who have been featured in Archie Comics publications and associated media.
And if you happen to suppose you’ve by no means heard them, suppose once more – their massive hit was 1969’s Sugar Sugar, which reached primary within the UK, US and several other different international locations.
They carried out on the Saturday morning cartoon present of Archie however have been by no means seen in particular person – solely as their animated alter-egos.
The dance scenes in Barbie have been iconic, and people in The Archies have been closely praised too (Image: Warner Bros Footage through AP)
Based mostly in territory acquainted to Netflix – the place else however Riverdale? – the band options basic characters Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie.
Set in Nineteen Sixties India, Archie and the gang navigate romance, friendship and the way forward for Riverdale as builders threaten to destroy a beloved park.
Secure to say it’s fairly a tonal departure from the hit TV present on Netflix!
‘Watching #TheArchiesOnNetflix after watching Animal seems like having strawberry shortcake after gorging on uncooked meat!’ commented Asim Burney on X (previously referred to as Twitter).
‘I completely liked the world Zoya created. Prime notch manufacturing design, the nostalgia of the meticulously crafted garments, the wonderful music and dance numbers…,’ he praised, earlier than including: ‘If the Barbie crowds finds this film they may go completely nuts about it. (Might it cross over as a result of it’s on Netflix?)
The movie is predicated on the band and characters individuals know nicely from Archie Comics, already widespread in Netflix present Riverdale (Image: Netflix)
‘The choreography of Va Va Voom and Dishoom is one thing to behold, I want we might all see it in theatres!’
Others have been praising the brand new film, with @Cinehub tweeting: ‘It’s a mesmerising musical journey that weaves poetry into narrative. Transcends the display screen, evoking a nostalgic journey by the pages of a cherished childhood novel!’
‘What a beautiful movie #TheArchies is,’ added @AdiSRKian.
‘The ambiance across the movie with the great performances was an absolute delight to observe. Agastya and Khushi have been wonderful however my God Suhana Khan, I simply can’t consider how unimaginable you have been.’
Leisure trade tracker Ramesh Bala was additionally impressed by Agastya Nanda’s ‘wonderful debut’ in The Archies, whereas fan @FahimAziz07 known as it ‘very participating up to now’ as he tweeted alongside.
‘I’m SO EXCITED for #TheArchies, can’t wait to observe,’ chimed in @SilverGloria13.
The film is predicated in Nineteen Sixties India (Image: Netflix)
Whereas critic evaluations for The Archies aren’t but accessible on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb’s weighted ranking is sitting at a reasonably depressing 2.9/10 on the time of publication.
The New York Occasions known as it an ‘inessential Bollywood-tinged fantasia’ with ‘two and a half hours of soda outlets, chaste dates, candy-colored petticoats, and athletic musical numbers’ in its evaluate, however asks ‘Why not?’
India Right now, in the meantime, gave the movie three stars however praised the forged as ‘spectacular and a imaginative and prescient to behold on display screen’.
An Indian-English and Hindi-language movie, The Archies stars Agastya Nanda, Mihir Ahuja, Khushi Kapoor, Suhana Khan and Vedang Raina in the primary roles, with Khan – the daughter of Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan – making her display screen debut.
Additional stardust is offered by Nanda, who’s Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson, and Kapoor, who’s Boney Kapoor’s daughter – resulting in some ‘nepo child’ feedback.
The Archies is accessible to stream on Netflix now.