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“Blue Beetle” Review: A Heroic Tale that’s Everything in a Family

by khushahal vishwakarma
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The storyline is ordinary, and the superhero isn’t exceptionally captivating. At least the family members stole the show.

In “Blue Beetle,” the Reyes family members, from left: Jaime Carrillo, George Lopez, Xolo Maridueña, Belissa Escobedo, and Damian Alcazar. Credit…Warner Bros./DC Comics

Warner Bros. and DC seem to believe that we need this: another superhero film about an honest young individual who is suddenly compelled to take up responsibility and fight for justice.

What we truly need is this: a superhero film about a secretive revolutionary past rogue named Nana. Guess which film “Blue Beetle” will be showing in cinemas on Friday?

While credit should be given for introducing a rebellious grandmother, who might not be the titular superhero of the film but is an integral part of the beloved Mexican family, the Paint-by-Numbers superhero film directed by Ángel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is enlivened. Donnette-Alcocer.

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The actual hero is Jaime Reyes a fresh college graduate who comes home to his struggling family. Reyes struggles to find a job until he meets Jenny Cord, the attractive heir of Cord Industries, a massive tech company run by his imposing aunt Victoria Cord. When Jenny hands Jaime a stolen scarab beetle hidden in a fast-food box, Jaime realizes the Blue Beetle is a sensitive piece of ancient foreign tech with a mind of its own.

It bonds with Jaime, granting him the ability to fly, heal quickly, and create any weapon he imagines. As Victoria aims to acquire the Beetle to create an army of destruction, Jaime must prevent her and keep his family—and the world—safe.

Blue Beetle” presents a formulaic story – so predictably crafted, in fact, that you can catch the painfully foreseeable, sad demise from three counties away in Jaime’s origin story.

Other superheroes also fall into clichés: the young lad floundering with his new powers; bizarre battles that resemble a scaled-up version of a 5-year-old’s toy robot brawl; moral lessons hard-earned and often trite. (During a fight, Victoria’s cruel enforcer declares, “The love you feel for your family makes you weak.” Who knew Jaime’s familial love actually empowers him?)

The scenes that appear cheap are an illustration of the film’s lackluster production effort, complete with impressionistic effects and Soto’s colorful cinematography that turns into a prime example of sleep-inducing filmmaking, perplexing the audience.

At least the Reyes family is a powerful force; their ragtag ensemble scenes are the most enjoyable and genuinely surprising moments in the film. Jaime’s parents infuse the hero’s emotional journey with playful dialogues, but Jaime’s audacious, potty-mouthed little sister, Milagro , and the theme of his family’s race, class, and social status have much more simmering underneath his witty banter.

Uncle Rudy (George Lopez), whose beard evokes the memory of a raccoon’s tail, is a wild-card tech genius with catchy one-liners that Lopez delivers with impeccable comic timing. (“Is that a new Tamagotchi?” he asks when the scarab first wakes up.) And Nana, portrayed by Adriana Barraza, is ready to steal the film.

As a hero, Maridueña lacks the charisma or humor; a child’s face, puppy-dog eyes, and a powerful steamed-up/swept-back Afro aren’t enough to construct a real personality. His and Marquezine’s business-casual-suited chemistry, complete with pickles and mayonnaise, keep things lively.

However, perhaps the most disappointing aspect of “Blue Beetle” is its attempt to bolster its formulaic story with the foremost touch of politics. Early in the film, Milagro tells her brother that their superpower is invisible to rich folks like the Cordes.

The Reyes family resides in a struggling section of a fictional Pameira City, which is a kind of new-Miami in the superhero cosmos akin to Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City. Jaime swallows racial microaggressions like a cunning secretary who insists he say “Hi-mee” instead of “Hi-Jay.”

The Buildingsroman Jaime undergoes for his family’s immigration story is extended and gives form to a subtle metaphor of steadfastness and resilience that works much better to express a certain cultural experience, as witnessed in Mexican superhero TV series “El Chavo del Ocho” and even more Latin American cultural nuances, rather than forcing numerous immigrant families into precarious situations.

Jaime’s constructions room the unsuspected, ethereal, unvoiced essence of the family and the storyline circles around the criticism of militarism and war.

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The troupe of other entomologist superheroes, including ants, bees, and cockroaches, along with the supportive LatinX culture references, proves to be more successful in conveying a unique cultural experience than confining several immigrant families to uncertain circumstances. Jaime’s a la mode underling secretary (Damian Alcazar, Elpidia Carrillo).

who loops his hero’s heartfelt journey with whimsical dialogues but the heartwarming, cheeky little sister Milagro and the theme of his family’s race, class, and social status leave much more to be explored beneath the surface of his jestful interactions.

Uncle Rudy (George Lopez), whose beard resembles a raccoon’s tail, serves as a wildcard technical genius, complete with catchy one-liners that Lopez delivers with impeccable comic timing. (“Is that a new Tamagotchi?” he quips when the scarab first wakes up.) And Nana, portrayed by Adriana Barraza, is primed to steal the show.

As a protagonist, Maridueña lacks the charisma or humor; a child’s face, puppy-dog eyes, and a powerful steamed-up/swept-back Afro aren’t enough to construct a real personality. He and Marquezine, dressed in business casual, complete with pickles and mayonnaise, maintain a romantic chemistry.

However, perhaps the most disappointing aspect of “Blue Beetle” is its attempt to bolster its formulaic story with the foremost touch of politics. Early in the film, Milagro tells her brother that their superpower is invisible to rich folks like the Cordes. The Reyes family resides in a struggling section of a fictional Pameira City, which is a kind of new-Miami in the superhero cosmos akin to Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City.

Jaime swallows racial microaggressions like a cunning secretary who insists he say “Hi-mee” instead of “Hi-Jay.”

The Buildingsroman Jaime undergoes for his family’s immigration story is extended and gives form to a subtle metaphor of steadfastness and resilience that works much better to express a certain cultural experience, as witnessed in Mexican superhero TV series “El Chavo del Ocho” and even more Latin American cultural nuances, rather than forcing numerous immigrant families into precarious situations.

Jaime’s constructions room the unsuspected, ethereal, unvoiced essence of the family and the storyline circles around the criticism of militarism and war.

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