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Blue Beetle

Blue Beetle

Jaime Reyes is a superhero whether he likes it or not.Aug. 16, 2023Mexico, United States128 Min.PG-13
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DC comics get another big screen boost with Blue Beetle, an energetic origin film showcasing the Latino hero Jaime Reyes. Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, this is a charming street-level superhero story that grounds the action with heart and cultural representation. While the villain and climax get formulaic, vibrant performances and family themes give Blue Beetle mass appeal beyond comic book fans.

We open by meeting high schooler Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña), a smart but aimless El Paso teen supporting his working class Mexican-American family. While exploring an abandoned building with friends, Jaime stumbles upon a mysterious alien scarab that fuses to his spine, granting a powerful armored suit. As Jaime learns to control his newfound abilities, he must balance everyday life with protecting his community from extraterrestrial threats.

Maridueña is immediately endearing as the good-natured Jaime, bringing quippy awkward teen spirit to the role. We get invested in Jaime’s personal struggles long before he gains powers. The easy rapport between Jaime and his pals feels organic and fun. And the scenes centered on his loving family have charm and heart, providing a cultural specificity mainstream superhero films often lack.

Once the extraterrestrial stakes are raised, director Soto keeps the scale intimate even as CGI creatures attack. The action scenes have just enough polish to excite without losing character focus. Smooth costume effects bring the Blue Beetle armor to vivid life, resembling an insectoid Iron Man. Seeing Jaime master his suit’s weapons makes for kinetic comic book action as he protects his hometown.

While the plot hits familiar origin story beats, the script peppers in playful humor and effective pathos. Small moments with Jaime joking with friends or sharing a heart-to-heart with his father give the story texture beyond fisticuffs with aliens. These slices of everyday life keep the far-fetched fantasy grounded.

Unfortunately, as engaging as Jaime is, the antagonists get short shrift. While Jaime’s suit is linked to an intergalactic conflict teased for future films, the main villain is a generic alien bounty hunter without deeper purpose. Their climactic CGI showdown is thrilling but also somewhat hollow and formulaic.

What gives Blue Beetle staying power past the finale are the characters at its core. Xolo Maridueña carries the film with charisma while showing Jaime’s maturation into a hero. And the Reyes family dynamic provides an emotional anchor. This is a superhero story as much about responsibility and community as CGI spectacle.

For a character seldom adapted into other media, Blue Beetle marks an impressive big-screen leap for Jaime Reyes. The film juggles action, comedy and heart with aplomb while breaking representation barriers. Some villain flaws aside, director Soto delivers an uplifting and delightfully hopeful comics movie. Kids of all backgrounds will find inspiration in this young hero’s journey.

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Original title Blue Beetle
IMDb Rating 6.9 5,954 votes
TMDb Rating 7.439 82 votes



Xolo Mariduena isJaime Reyes / Blue Beetle
Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle
Adriana Barraza isNana Reyes
Nana Reyes
Damián Alcázar isAlberto Reyes
Alberto Reyes
Raoul Max Trujillo isIgnacio Carapax
Ignacio Carapax
Susan Sarandon isVictoria Kord
Victoria Kord
George Lopez isRudy Reyes
Rudy Reyes
Elpidia Carrillo isRocio Reyes
Rocio Reyes
Belissa Escobedo isMilagros Reyes
Milagros Reyes
Harvey Guillén isDr. Sanchez
Dr. Sanchez

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