Blue Beetle (2023) Movie Review – A Rare DC Win

A Rare DC Win

DC Film’s next addition to their slate is this weekend’s release, Blue Beetle. A fun thrill ride with George Lopez’s comedic moments and high-octane action, coming armed a subtle message about the gentrification of America through its villains and Latino heroes. 

Blue Beetle follows Jaime Reyes (Xolo Mariduena), a law student who returns home to the house he grew up in to learn that his family is struggling. We follow him and his comedic sidekick sister, Milargo (Melissa Escobedo), as they work a housekeeping job for billionaire supervillain Victoria Kord (Susan Sarandon). He soon finds himself in possession of an ancient relic that is in the shape of a beetle. The beetle chooses him as his host and supplies him with a suit to fight crime and be the protector of his family.

By the twenty-five minute mark of Blue Beetle, it’ll be easy for many DC fan to get down on themselves with the clunkiness of this extended universe. But rest assured, things shift in the film’s favor.

We start Blue Beetle getting to know a little about the ancient scarab and why Victoria Kord is after it. It’s a weapon that she can make more of. Her niece and daughter of the founder of the company, Jenny (Bruna Marquenzie), wants to keep it protected and is in a fight to shift her family’s company in a different direction. 

We then meet Jaime, and once the Beetle relic takes hold of him, a cliché situation of an average person thrown into an extreme situation ensues. Blue Beetle could be just fine as a film or even a show for streaming. Its action isn’t anything we haven’t seen in CGI-loaded Netflix films that have a bad script. And even some of Blue Beetle’s writing feels kind of cringeworthy.

However, it is saved at times by a scene-stealing performance by George Lopez as Jaime’s eccentric blue-collar uncle Rudy. 

Where Blue Beetle thrives is in the theme of family and sticking together. Most superheroes are loners. Superman has very few to turn to. Batman’s parents were murdered. Wonder Woman left behind all the Amazonians. The Flash’s father is in jail. Blue Beetle has a strong support system, with Jaime’s sister, mother, father, uncle, and even Nana getting in on the action. 

The heart of the story works. Its emotional core rises to the surface and has the potential to make one misty-eyed. By the time we reach the film’s third act, we have forgiven some of Beetle’s flaws in earlier segments of the movie. There are things that don’t make sense. There are things that are clear as day in the Blue Beetle. You could argue that in 20 years, we will look back at this movie and have a nostalgic feeling, as it may reach a level of cult status due to reasons for forgiving its flaws.

Blue Beetle also has brilliant heroic moments that are used in the film’s final fight. One theme that comes into play is that he doesn’t kill. It’s a code that even the suit he wears tells him not to do even when given the opportunity to kill off a character. It’s here that we feel proud of Jaime, who is driven by anger in the final fight.

Blue Beetle is a very cultural film taking place in a Latino neighborhood of a major city that seems to mimic Miami. The fear of losing everything looms over the Reyes’ family as the modern Palmer City begins to modernize itself as the rich push the poor out of their neighborhood. 

Themes like destiny and family are packed into a film with a lot of heart and soul, making you root for the heroes, even if they aren’t all in a suit.

 

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