Akhil Arora

Akhil Arora
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Akhil Arora interviews the likes of Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covers series premieres and service launches across the world, and looks at blockbusters and independent dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade.
Publications: Gadgets360

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% Luca (2021) Change starts with one person, Luca posits, and it can destroy power structures, foster acceptance, and bring everyone together. In an increasingly isolated world, that's a great message. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Netflix's Army of the Dead is a failed genre homecoming for [Zack] Snyder after 17 years. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) It's packing in a lot more than it ought to. Justice League Snyder Cut is an overambitious strange beast of a movie, designed for a select audience. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) [Ever] timelier in a world where isolationism is the new normal, where people make little effort to understand each other, and nearly every country seems to be practising an "us first" policy. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 has huge boots to fill. Unfortunately, the sequel gets out of its makers' hands, and no matter what [Gal] Gadot does -- and she can do a lot -- she can't save her next adventure from being a misfire. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
95% Soul (2020) Soul has some pretty interesting things to say about the fine line between being passionate and being consumed by it. And how society tends to conflate passion with purpose - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) [On a] deeper level, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is about filmmaking itself. Marianne the artist and Héloïse the model are the director and the actor, respectively, for the painting. It's a movie that plays inside of the movie. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) [Greta Gerwig] brought a filmmaker's perspective to the story of the March sisters, as she put a meta spin on the proceedings that deviated from the source material ... but seemingly honoured who Louisa May Alcott ... was as a person - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) [Eliza] Hittman presents a deeply-moving, gut-wrenching, intimate look at how society not only fails young women - but is purposefully and determinedly stacked up against them. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
97% Hamilton (2020) Miranda's hip-hop tracks took on a new life on film, bolstered by camera movement, cutaways, and close-ups that aren't possible for a stage production. This helps Jonathan Groff's spit-spewing King George III the most. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) While [Steve] McQueen's [Mangrove] is more internal and terrifying, [Aaron] Sorkin's [film] is self-righteous and grandstanding. But at the end of the day, both are timely given what's going on in the world today - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) [As] Byrne and Co. belt out songs about loneliness, TV viewing, consumerism, and - in a sequence etched into my brain - police killings, American Utopia becomes something else entirely - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
100% Kaamyaab (2020) [Being] in the movies and in front of the spotlight is a daily, lifelong pain that involves humiliation, rejection, and selling your soul. And nowhere is that clearer or more obvious in the film's masterfully staged final scene - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) A wonderful kids adventure and a well-meaning political metaphor rolled into one. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) If it's going to give us these [remakes], Disney may as well start being bolder. Because as it stands, Mulan is a bland feminist fable that dispels some gender stereotypes but fails to do much more. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) [More] Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes than Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock. ... [It] could have imbued [Enola] with more layers and allowed her to be more complex. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
64% Cargo (2020) [T]he trouble is that Cargo is unable to scratch beyond the surface. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
No Score Yet Yeh Ballet (2020) Yeh Ballet is so focused on expanding upon a story several years old, that it's blind to the better one that's unfolding in front of its eyes. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) In Rogue One, [Gareth] Edwards has made the most realistic of Star Wars than any before -- and with that, also the most mature and grown-up one. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
17% Chopsticks (2019) What would be subtext in a smarter film ends up literally being text on an object in Chopsticks' environment, plastered on walls or cars' rear windows. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
33% Ghost Stories (2020) [The] varying quality isn't the only problem for Ghost Stories. In fact, the title itself feels wrongly hung on the whole thing. It's a simplification and a facade. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
60% Guilty (2020) [All] the good work is undone in the end. [It] implodes in the worst possible way, with a mix of grandstanding and wish fulfilment that renders Guilty unrealistic and illogical. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
17% Maska (2020) [If] the title of your movie has no thematic underpinnings to it, it doesn't bode well. ... Maska is a frivolous and farcical joke of a movie. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
17% Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) In its current form, the only acceptable way to view Mrs. Serial Killer is inside an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, where comedians poke fun at B-movies. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
54% Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) Choked doesn't have anything to say about the socio-political ramifications of demonetisation. Instead, it's merely used as a plot device. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Artemis Fowl is a rudderless and unfaithful adaptation of a beloved series, one that's been dumped on streaming after being repeatedly delayed. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
83% Bulbbul (2020) Though Dutt erases the misogynistic and patriarchal overtones of [the] chudail [folklore for] a feminist spin, ... she doesn't add to it in any meaningful manner. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
67% Extraction (2020) There's no shortage of gunplay, grenades, and hand-to-hand combat on Extraction - but little else. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
88% Onward (2020) By Pixar's lofty standards, Onward is more Monsters University (also from Scanlon) than Inside Out. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic's new design is all good, but that's only good enough to sell toys. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Ultimately, Birds of Prey ends up being a disappointment, for the moments of explosive, violent fun... are more than cancelled out by its expository stumbles. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's called The Rise of Skywalker, but if anything, it's a death-knell for the Skywalker saga. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) For what it's worth, Jumanji: The Next Level brings a few additions to the mix that worked well to the tune of nearly a billion dollars last time around. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) With Knives Out, Johnson throws out a story that Christie would have appreciated, but he makes sure to go that step further to subvert it. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) Its messaging lacks the emotional resonance that was at the heart of Frozen, and ultimately, feels half-baked. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
No Score Yet House Arrest (2019) [I]n the hands of co-directors Shashanka Ghosh (Veere Di Wedding) and novelist Samit Basu, working off a script by Basu, House Arrest eventually falls back on a rushed cliché. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
94% Klaus (2019) There's plenty of comedy for the Netflix film's target audience (kids) as well, with a collection of sight gags and slapstick humour, which is offset by sarcastic quips and self-aware, darkly comedic lines of dialogue elsewhere. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) The film jumps one from thing to another without any meaningful connective tissue to hold all of it together. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It's provocative but sadly, it's also irresponsible in the handling of that material. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's a far cry from the franchise's nadir, but it's also a far cry from its zenith. In the end, Hobbs and Shaw is a middling Fast and Furious entry - and that's not worth much at all. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) But if Disney could bother to make the lions look so real, the least they could have done is take inspiration from the real animal world, where female lions are the ones who run the pride. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Though it's derivative in its approach, Spider-Man: Far From Home lifts itself with the trifecta of on-the-point comic timing... a sprinkling of CGI-heavy set pieces that are nimble and refreshing, and the sheer wackiness of Mysterio being in the MCU. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) For now, thanks to a highly-engaging ride that bursts with full-of-heart performances, asks essential questions, and treats us to exciting entrants and action sequences, Toy Story 4 more than justifies its presence. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Unfortunately, F. Gary Gray - best known for directing Fast and Furious 8, and The Italian Job - can't catch that lightning in a bottle. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
22% Dark Phoenix (2019) Ultimately, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a wholly disappointing and forgetful culmination of this X-Men run, which brought together a fantastic bunch of young actors but then ran out of steam two movies in. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Unfortunately, Aladdin doesn't make any meaningful effort to depict the Middle Eastern way of life. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Especially so for a kids' film, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu ought to have made a larger effort to welcome young girls as much as boys. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame will alternately make you shed tears, giddy at the possibilities, excited for what's coming, whoop when you witness it, and nostalgic for the MCU past. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Despite shortcomings, Shazam! is a fun time at the movies for the most part and easily one of the better outings in the DC stable. - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) As it is, Captain Marvel is more a reminder of Marvel's early work (think the first Captain America or Thor) than its more recent output (Black Panther or Infinity War). - Gadgets360 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019