Blue Beetle might not be the best superhero movie out there, but it was certainly fun to watch even when it made absolutely no sense.
Starring Xolo Maridueña, I was pleaseantly surprised to see how LatinX this movie is. No, I don’t know anything about the character’s origins in the comics, but Maridueña made me appreciate Jaime Reyes. Maridueña plays Reyes. He’s a mexican newly gradute looking for a job at a fancy company. He suddely gains powers and ends up facing a formidable foe played by Susan Sarandon.
Iron Man suit meets Spider-Man’s humanity, with a latin twist. This movie could have easily been called Blue Beetle & His Amazing Family. Don’t get me wrong, this movie has a lot going for it. It’s about a superhero that feels more real than almost all others; A loving family that is very realistic, and amazing music.
However, this movie also has a lot going against it. The filmmakers are more concerned with the supporting players than the superhero they push to the background. There’s a sweet, important message in here about the importance of family, but it’s buried in a heavily cliched superhero flick that is too predictable. Sadly, major parts of this movie (the dialogue and some scenes) could get swapped with that of a dozen other superhero flicks and no one would know the difference.
Should You Watch It?
Even though I really enjoyed some parts of this movie, It feels aimless to be honest. At the end, I was left with that feeling that it was cut down from under the knees before it even started. Blue Beetle generates just enough goodwill to warrant a tepid recommendation.