Blue Beetle (2023)

by | Sep 27, 2023 | 2020s, Action, Adventure, Film Reviews | 0 comments

Unleashing a Hero for a New Era


Release date: 17 August 2023 (Mexico)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Angel Manuel Soto
Cinematographer: Pawel Pogorzelski
Budget: $104 million USD
Box office: $101,9 million USD (As of the 3rd of September 2023)


4 MIN Read Time



“In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.”

These iconic words from Blue Beetle (2023) resonate with comic book enthusiasts and moviegoers alike, setting the stage for a thrilling cinematic experience. The film, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, introduces audiences to a fresh superhero in the form of Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle. I delved into this eagerly anticipated release to provide a comprehensive review. Without further ado, let’s explore the world of Blue Beetle.


A Hero’s Origin

Blue Beetle plunges viewers into the bustling streets of El Paso, Texas, where we meet Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña), a relatable high school student grappling with the challenges of adolescence. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he stumbles upon a mysterious scarab that fuses with him, granting him extraordinary powers. The film’s strength lies in its portrayal of Jaime’s origin story, which is both engaging and heartfelt. It takes its time to establish the character, allowing the audience to connect with him on a personal level.


A Diverse and Vibrant World

Soto’s direction shines in the depiction of El Paso as a vibrant and culturally diverse city. The film embraces its Latinx heritage, celebrating the rich tapestry of the community that Jaime is a part of. From the colorful Dia de los Muertos celebrations to the lively family gatherings, Blue Beetle offers a refreshing perspective within the superhero genre. It’s a testament to the film’s commitment to inclusivity and representation.


The Menace of The Shriekers

Every superhero needs a formidable adversary, and Blue Beetle delivers with the menacing presence of the Shriekers. Led by the enigmatic villain La Dama (Brava, portrayed by Belissa Escobedo), this group of supervillains presents a credible threat to Jaime and the city. The action sequences involving the Shriekers are a visual treat, showcasing the scarab-enhanced abilities of our hero. The choreography and special effects in these scenes are top-notch and keep the audience at the edge of their seats.


The Power of Family and Friendship

At its core, Blue Beetle is not just about Jaime’s journey as a superhero, but also about the bonds of family and friendship. His relationship with his younger sister, Milagros (played with charm by Bruna Marquezine), is heartwarming and adds depth to his character. Furthermore, his friendship with Paco (Gabriel Luna), a loyal and supportive ally, adds a layer of authenticity to the story. The film reminds us that true strength often comes from the connections we forge.


Navigating Identity and Responsibility

One of the most compelling aspects of Blue Beetle is its exploration of identity and responsibility. As Jaime grapples with the newfound power bestowed upon him, he must also come to terms with his identity as a hero and what that means for his community. The film handles this thematic element with sensitivity and nuance, making it a thought-provoking addition to the superhero genre.


Final Verdict

Blue Beetle successfully introduces a new hero to the cinematic landscape, one who resonates with the audience on a personal and cultural level. Angel Manuel Soto’s direction, coupled with Xolo Maridueña’s charismatic performance, breathes life into Jaime Reyes and his journey to become the Blue Beetle. The film’s commitment to diversity, its engaging origin story, and the compelling exploration of identity and responsibility make it a standout addition to the superhero genre. While it may not be without its flaws, Blue Beetle is a promising start for this hero, and I look forward to seeing where his adventures take him in the future.


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