Review | Blue Beetle

The first of his family to graduate from college returns home, to find things are not going well there. When he tries to get a job to help out, he gets into some big trouble instead.

Review © 2023 by Flytrap

Blue Beetle

Written by: Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer

Directed by: Angel Manuel Soto

Starring: Xolo Maridueña, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Bruna Marquezine, Adriana Barraza, Alberto Reyes, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Guillén
Complete cast and crew are HERE

Rated PG-13
Running time: 127 Mins

When the daughter of a mega-corp gives Jaime a box for safe-keeping, he opens it and gets attached to a mysterious scarab that bestows him with outlandish powers and abilities. Of course, the mega-corp wants its dingus back, but they’ll have to go through Jaime’s family to do it.

This movie embraces it’s silliness with a gusto you don’t normally encounter. The family is outrageous, the “suit” is rather plagiarized, and the villains are reliably standard. Yet, somehow this all works. The music rolls along with the action, and all of the actors are excellent. The special effects are as good as any I’ve seen and this director knows how to apply them effectively. I had a great time.
My one complaint is that they could have put Susan Sarandon to better use; she was rather bland. But Nana was magnificent.

I’ll recommend this one; it’s a big screen fun-time. The kiddies should be fine. There is a rather important mid-credits scene and a pretty worthless post-credits scene.

Flytrap rating: 8/10

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