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  • Writer's pictureShantanu Rastogi

Blue Beetle (2023)

Being the first Latino-led superhero movie in recent DC films, Blue Beetle offers a welcome dose of diversity and representation while also taking a somewhat different approach to the superhero genre. The movie centers on Jaime Reyes, a teenager who stumbles upon a mysterious scarab that grants him incredible powers and transforms him into Blue Beetle. The film's premise is intriguing, but it occasionally feels unanchored in the sea of superhero origin stories that have previously been told. But what it lacks in outstanding storytelling, it more than makes up for with heart and charm, largely because of the captivating performance of Jaime, played by Xolo Mariduena (who plays Jaime). I’ve been a fan of Xolo since watching his brilliant performance in the Cobra Kai series (definitely recommended)!


 

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Being a family-focused film, every actor did an amazing job of depicting the power of togetherness. George Lopez as Uncle Rudy shines as the comic relief in the film.


But despite some minor shortcomings, Blue Beetle is an enjoyable ride for fans of superhero adventures, offering plenty of action-packed sequences and moments of genuine humour. The film does a commendable job of exploring themes of identity, family, and the responsibility that comes with great power, adding depth to what could have been a straightforward hero's journey.


While it may not break new ground in terms of storytelling, its commitment to its characters makes it a worthy addition to the superhero cinematic landscape.

An extra love from us as we appreciated the use of practical effects and suits in the film.


TSHC Score: 7.5/10


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