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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

Blue Beetle

Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures Mexico, DC Entertainment and The Safran Company present a PG-13, 127-minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi film directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer with a theater release of August 18, 2023.

Jaime Reyes (Xolo Mariduena) is a recent college graduate and has flown home to Palmera City to see his family. Palmera City is a very wealthy city full of gorgeous high-rises and lots of money but for the Reyes family they live a poor life on the outskirts of the city. Father Alberto Reyes (Damian Alcazar) lives with his wife Rocio (Elpidia Carrillo), daughter Milagro (Belissa Escobedo), Nana (Adriana Barraza) and Rudy (George Lopez) and they are all anticipating Jaime’s return but they don’t look forward to telling him some bad news.

Victoria Kord (Susan Sarandon) runs Kord Industries and has turned the once run business by Jenny Kord’s (Bruna Marquezine) father into a weapons industry making out of this world military devices that will turn men into futuristic fighting machines like Carapax (Raoul Max Trujillo). Little does Carapax know that the stories he’s been told all his life by Victoria are all lies. As for Jenny, she will stop at nothing to stop the work of Victoria so she decides to steal an ancient scarab that can unlock the codes that Victoria needs to create her army. When running to escape the Kord building she hands the box over to Jaime who she had met earlier and tells him to guard it with his life and do not open it.

Well of course you know he opens it and that is when he becomes one with the beetle ultimately turning into the “Blue Beetle”. Like any new super-hero Jaime has to learn how to use his new powers and runs through a number of agonizing trials but when Victoria finds out he has it and threatens Jaime’s family this is win the real war begins.

Some people may say the writing is too cliché and at times it seems that way but hello it was written, directed and acted by Mexican people. Personally, I enjoyed the way they incorporated excitement, fun, love of family and the action involving all the main characters. This story unlike many other DC or Marvel films has it all and at times realizes its ok to laugh at yourself. A great score and awesome special effects with a great beetle costume all brings this film worth seeing on the big screen. Thankfully they did not release it to Max only and instead brought it to the theater which I recommend seeing it in IMAX.

Mariduena is superb as the Blue Beetle bringing good looks, mature but still wet behind the ears attitude of a 22-year-old that can bring action and love together and make it work. Barraza turns out to be pretty kickass as do the rest of the family and even though I’m not a huge Lopez fan he does a good job bringing levity to his role sometimes maybe a bit overboard but still enjoyable. There are no animals to speak of in the story except for the Scarab Blue Beetle that becomes Jaime’s symbiotic host Khaji-Da (the voice of Becky G).

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