Akhil Arora

Akhil Arora
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Gadgets360

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2's greatest strength is how it makes such a studio vehicle feel like an indie project, true to the roots of the homemade Lego movies that started it all. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
83% Soni (2018) Its willingness to tackle hugely relevant subject matter, paired with an unassuming script that finds space for some darkly comic bits that filter in through everyday exchanges, and a cast that brings it to life in a grounded, believable fashion. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee does set the Transformers franchise on a promising new path, one that inevitable future instalments - multiple prequels and spin-offs are in development - could do well to learn from. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is simply too over-stuffed and over-long. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Into the Spider-Verse takes a wacky comic storyline with an outlandish concept, and transfers it onto the screen in a fascinating and fresh manner. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) [Ralph Breaks the Internet] marries that sensibility with messaging everyone can relate to, and it's not afraid to slightly venture into complex, darker ideas while being family-friendly for the most part. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's little sense of what The Crimes of Grindelwald is about, and in trying to serve an ensemble while keeping an eye on the big picture, Rowling fails in crafting a narrative that is engaging, meaningful, or even just enjoyable. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
87% First Man (2018) It's visceral, it's stomach-wrenching, it's brutal and frankly it feels like hell. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Ultimately, Venom is neither here nor there, and its failure to be self-aware makes it feel like a movie from a different superhero era at times. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) The Predator simply isn't worth your time or monetary investment, though it'd make a great pick for the folks over at Mystery Science Theater 3000. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Lin brings that sense of fluidity to spaceship battles in Star Trek Beyond. And while it may culminate in something that is typical of summer blockbusters, there's enough fun to be had on the way... - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
55% Jason Bourne (2016) But here, buried in PTSD flashbacks, cardboard characters and spite, the film broods and forgets to enjoy itself. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
27% Suicide Squad (2016) At its worst, the film wallows around in dark tones and an endless stream of bullets, making it instead resemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for all the wrong reasons. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
89% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange works great as a standalone film, and its visual inventiveness is a breath of fresh air, as most films in the MCU have tended to come from a cookie-cutter approach these days. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) As the audience, we have developed no connection whatsoever with the characters that we are about to see, yet the film is trying evoke memories of a deep past that earned its affection over the course of a decade. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed wastes its talented cast... for a story that's entirely unforgettable, and simply no fun to take in. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Move over, Batfleck - this is the Batman all fans deserve. Even if it's ultimately made to benefit the merchandising line of Batman and Lego, it's all excusable for the sheer, exhilarating ride it offers. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
93% Logan (2017) [Logan] keeps itself away from another 'saving the world' trope, and crafts a uniquely personal and tragic story that will leave many choked up. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The film's evoking of its anti-war counterparts falls flat, and feels hollow, much like the island itself. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) If you want to call your film Ghost in the Shell, but are happy to leave the existential matter behind, it creates a product without much of a soul. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The best way to watch Fast and Furious 8 is to wait for it to hit TV - tune in for the opening, disappear for an hour, and then return for the final third - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Despite the film's bloated structure, and its tendency to sway and get distracted now and then, Gunn still manages to pack an emotional punch in the end, delivering a character send-off that's bound to bring most viewers to the verge of tears. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) ... Alien: Covenant feels stuck between making its audience jump in their seats, and trying to stir a debate about our purpose in the universe. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is far from a perfect film, but it's brave and smart enough to be granted a well-deserved sequel. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
15% The Mummy (2017) Bogged down by unimaginative CGI-laden set-pieces, and lacking any character arcs, it's a limp attempt at capturing the summer-movie market overflowing with contenders... - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Most of it is indistinguishable from the rest, just as the film itself will eventually blend with your memories of other chapters in the Transformers series. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The film is about Spider-Man facing what it means to be a hero, and what that entails. But instead of saying it as a fancy dialogue, it shows how great power brings great responsibility. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes builds on a central tenet - "apes together strong" - and sends out resonating values that we can all learn something from. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) For a world that brings together the four corners of the universe, it's a shame that we're being told the same empty tale that we've seen a thousand times. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
37% Death Note (2017) Simply put, if the concept behind Death Note sounds intriguing, stick to the anime or don't bother. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ... it's great to see a director and his crew being given the freedom to be eccentric, contemplative, and create a film that doesn't leave you when you exit the dark hall. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is a joyous continuation of that spirit, one that allows you to have fun while Thor's new squad cracks open alien heads and extended jokes. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
40% Justice League (2017) ... but unlike its heroes that make up the titular group, Justice League crumbles under the weight on its shoulders. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
97% Coco (2017) Thankfully, the final product is a wholesome love letter to a beloved occasion, which tugs at your heart strings just like a Mariachi's guitarrón. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [The Last Jedi is] proof that well-made franchise stories... can deliver a new engrossing chapter that respects the much-loved past while slowly closing the lid on it, and steer the ship in exciting, mature ways that push the boundaries... - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
25% Bright (2017) It's perfectly happy in being a big budgeted action flick... but it doesn't have the goofy swagger of Men in Black, nor the grittiness of End of Watch, and ends up just wallowing without saying much. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler knows fully too well the reach of something like Black Panther, and he uses the Marvel canvas to paint a bigger - but more importantly, a powerful - picture. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
19% Mute (2018) But every time a writer-director with the name recognition of Jones delivers a work of this level, it only serves to prove those risk-averse studio executives right. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) This inauspicious start suggests otherwise for now, but even the Asgardian god of thunder needed three tries. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is part of that rare sci-fi breed, like Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival before it, the film uses an improbable and far-fetched future to explore humanity from a new perspective... - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One feels empty when you explore its characters, and tries to have its cake and eat it too with the climactic message, which feels downright incongruous with everything thrown at us during the previous two hours. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) ... Infinity War is an exhilarating and shocking ride. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) There are a few things all that meta-referencing can't solve - a bland CG fight or narrative shortcut is still that, even if Deadpool points to it - but when it's such fun for the most part (minus a rough second act), it's hard not to be swept away. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A few unexpected twists towards the end, and the work of its top-notch cast... simply aren't enough. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It's a shame; the writers' wish to create parallels to animal abuse and poaching means the dinosaurs spend too much time in cages, shackled, and sedated. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) That the film manages to convey all that while being a rollicking memorable ride - action sequences with Elastigirl are awe-inspiring, while Jack-Jack steals every scene he's present in - is what makes it great. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's more than happy to deliver a fun-filled movie evening, one that's both light-hearted and light-weight. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ... the best action film of this year so far - one that carries a lot of twists and turns in its convoluted narrative without amounting to much. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018