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“Blue Beetle” is DC’s best film yet

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Full of heart and humor, “Blue Beetle” ended DC’s streak of bland films and may offer the company long overdue redemption. (Photo via Warner Bros)

I grew up with DC superheroes. 

From the many tales of Batman and Robin to video games featuring a plethora of my favorite characters, most of my childhood centered around the intricate universe DC created in almost every form of media. But the one thing they could never master was adapting that universe to the big screen — no matter how many times they tried. 

“Blue Beetle” ended that streak of bland films and may offer the company long overdue redemption.

Released Aug. 18, the movie follows newly-graduated Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña), who comes into contact with the Scarab, an alien artifact that’s key to Kord Industries’ nefarious plans. With new powers that he’s still getting the hang of and a bond to the Scarab he doesn’t understand, Jaime must risk it all to protect his family.

A worry I had going into the film was the CGI and technical aspects of the film, which DC movies have been hit or miss on. This time was definitely a hit, wowing me with the on-point costumes and special effects. “Blue Beetle” also had a great soundtrack that pays homage to its Latin cast, adding in humor or suspense, depending on what the scene called for. 

My biggest qualm, however, was the pacing. While most of the movie kept me on the edge of my seat, the first 20 minutes was nothing but exposition that dragged on for way too long.

Once they moved past that exposition, the movie was much more entertaining. Maridueña stole the show as the title character, winning me over with his charm and taking me alongside him on an emotional rollercoaster. The supporting characters were excellent too, portraying their familial relationships in a realistic, engaging way. 

But an actor is only as strong as their script. These performances definitely proved that. With many moments that came full-circle and layers of foreshadowing, the writing ran laps around previous DC movies. Wanting to do more than just make money — a goal that many other movies lack — the simple story was exciting and nostalgic. 

Compared to the most recent superhero movies, “Blue Beetle” was a colorful, heartfelt film that will stay with its audience long after they leave the theaters.

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Krista Fleming
Krista Fleming, Managing Editor
Junior Krista Fleming is the managing editor and this is her third year on staff. She enjoys reading, teaching preschoolers and volunteering.

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