A scene from ‘Blue Beetle’ | Image credit: Warner Bros.
Yet another superhero movie, another comic book character introduced to the big screen, and a DC movie sandwiched between a dead cinematic universe and a refreshed one. So should you care? Yes, because this is Blue Beetle, the first fan-favorite DC Latino superhero, the first character in the DCU led by James Gunn, and he is introduced in style through a series The movie needs to overcome the superhero fatigue that has been unfairly inflicted. we. And despite its shortcomings, green beetle do not fly high.
After graduating, Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) returns to see his family struggling financially and receives news that his father has had a heart attack and is recovering. Jaime, along with his younger sister Milagro (Belissa Escobedo), get a job at the home of Kord Industries CEO Victoria Kord (Susan Sarandon), where Jaime has the opportunity to meet her beautiful niece who later becomes Jenny Kord ( Bruna Marquezine).
Jenny died before her aunt tarnished her late father Ted Kord’s legacy by exploiting an alien scarab beetle to create an army of cyborg super-soldiers known as the OMAC, but Jenny couldn’t What to do against Vicky and her OMAC bodyguard Ignacio Carapax (Raoul Max Trujillo). In the end, Vicky steals the Blue Beetle Scarab, seeks help from Jaime to smuggle it out of Kord’s Headquarters, and… as one would expect, the hibernating Scarab suddenly wakes up and chooses. poor teenager as the host. A fun, colorful and healthy ride begins.
Blue Beetle (English)
Manager: Angel Manuel Soto
cast: Xolo Mariduena, Bruna Marquezine, Susan Sarandon, Belissa Escobedo, Raoul Max Trujillo
running time: 127 minutes
plot: An alien scarab becomes attached to a Latino boy and grants him great superpowers to fight off evil cyborg super soldiers.
From far away, green beetle looks like the DC version of Marvel’s Miles Morales Spider-Man meets Venom. But in how many live-action superhero movies have you seen the scene where the superhero receives his superpowers taking place at the dinner table in front of a chaotic but lovable family? Scenes are beautifully staged and shot; you see interest from Jaime’s parents (Damián Alcázar and Elpidia Carrillo), curiosity from Milagro, and uncle Rudy (George Lopez) and Nana (Adriana Barraza) adding some comedy scenes. This is a really interesting twist to 2006’s ‘Blue Beetle #1’ comic, in which Scarab activates when Jaime is attacked by bullies before a wits fight at the family dinner table. Another conscious decision to stay away from teen troubles is done in its trilogy of main characters.
green beetle also achieved an impressive feat against the challenge of writing an impressive range of emotions for a new character — the film scrapped the ‘Blue Beetle #0 New 52’ introduction to the Reach aliens (and Khaji Da , the scarab), and instead used all the time to set up the human characters. At its core, the film is about a family taking care of one another — you might want to be part of their group’s embrace — but what’s more memorable is the way it writes an empathetic story for its members. this BIPOC object.
This image by Warner Bros. The image shows, from left, Belissa Escobedo, Adriana Barraza, Bruna Marquezine, Elipida Carrillo and George Lopez in a scene from ‘Blue Beetle’ | Image credit: Hopper Stone
At the heart of the film is a struggling Latino family, two of whom are undocumented, and this theme is intertwined into the heart of the story. Whether it’s Vicky, a deaf racist, referring to someone with a stereotypical name based on their race, or the way in which Carapax’s character arc is complemented, the film stands out. the vulnerability of immigrants to be hunted by oppressors for their benefit; like what happened to Scarab. No wonder it chose Jaime as its host.
The symbiotic relationship between host and Scarab writes itself, and it’s interesting to see how they learn from each other, even their moral compass and justification. In one of the film’s most emotional moments, a villain is personified as an anti-hero. As a side note, green beetle also defends the ‘no murder’ policy much better than most Justice League members’ live-action films.
All that was said, green beetle sometimes like a hardcover template of a completely predictable superhero movie; you see the plot markers from miles away. What makes it so enjoyable despite the predictability is the way it organically builds situations and perfectly executes even the old-school antics. The movie doesn’t do justice to great character design as most of the action sequences throw a punch before it lands; a fight that takes place in a tunnel of suitable scope recklesscorridor fight but become normal. On the other hand, the superhero’s judicious use of weapons and restraint in writing more action sequences only debunks many myths about the genre’s writing.
There’s a lot to look forward to in the world of green beetle, such as the fate of Ted Kord, or wondering if the sequel will introduce Lady Styx as a new DCU villain. Now we have an exciting new superhero with excellent support characters, a machine gun granny, a Bug plane that can share the pride with Batwing/Batmobile of Batfleck, and lots of fun. many interesting things.
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