Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital is the latest addition to the DC superhero franchise, Blue Beetle. The film is released by Warner Bros.
Blue Beetle stars Xolo Mariduena, Bruna Marquezine, George Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Raoul Trujillo and Belissa Escobedo.
Jamie Reyes (Mariduena) has just returned home graduating college. When he’s met by his family he learns that a lot has changed since he left, such as his father’s poor health and the family about to loose their home. Jamie tells his family that he’s a college grad, so he’ll get a job and help save their home. As any recent college grad knows, that is easier said then done.
Instead of a fancy, high paying office job, Jamie finds himself cleaning around the home of a wealthy business woman, Victoria Kord (Sarandon).
After assisting Kord’s niece, Jenny (Marquezine), she offers to set him up with a job, and told him to meet him at her office the following day. However, instead of meeting Jenny for a job, he finds her fleeing the building. At the last moment she hands him a “package” and tells him to keep it safe and whatever he does, don’t touch it.
Jamie should have heeded her warning because inside he finds an ancient relic known as a Scarab. Unbeknown to Jamie, if the Scarab chooses a host it turns them into some kind of an alien being with a suit of armor and unpredictable powers. The Scarab chooses it’s host. Could that be Jamie?
Jamie’s life is going to take a turn that he never saw coming.
Will Jamie be effected by the Scarab? Will he be able to help his family save his home? To find out, check out Blue Beetle. Look for it where ever movies are sold and/or rented.
I am a Marvel fan, so I am not very familiar with DC comic characters except for the better known ones (Superman, Batman, Wonder Women, Aquaman…). I didn’t know there was a character known as Blue Beetle. It was interesting to learn about this character that is new to me.
I was surprised to see Susan Sarandon in a superhero movie. Not only that, I was even more surprised to see George Lopez in this film, especially with long, messy hair. I would have never had thought to use these actors for their roles in the film, but it worked. After seeing the film, I think the film makers made a good choice.
I have happy to see Harvey Guillen in this film (he plays Dr. Sanchez). I’m a big fan of the series What We Do in the Shadows. He is one of the stars of that show.
As far as special effects are concerned, they are outstanding as you probably would have expected. Superhero movies always have the best special effects. The special effects are amazing in this film. I especially like the flying “bug” looking vehicle the family flies around in (when you see the film you’ll know what I am referring to).
I like how the characters transform into their superhero counterparts.
I had serious Deadpool vibes when I saw this film. Blue Beetle is not raunchy like Deadpool, but the Blue Beetle suit looks A LOT like Deadpool when Deadpool’s weapons are behind his back (they resemble the legs on the back of the Blue Beetle).
The storyline was decent enough. I could have used a little more backstory to some of the characters, but perhaps that will come about in future Blue Beetle films.
Overall I enjoyed the film, but other DC films are a lot better, in my own personal opinion. Compared to the original Wonder Woman and original Aquaman, this film was not quite at that level.
It might be important to note that all the characters in this film (except Sarandon) are Latino. In the film, the family are Mexican Americans. I believe Jenny is from Brazil (If I recall correctly). I find it refreshing that a superhero film feature a Latino superhero character. It’s nice to know that Hollywood is not typecasting characters to be certain ethnicities, and they are opening them up to other cultures and ethnicities.
There are bonus features available for the film as well.
Blue Beetle Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:
- “Generations: Blue Beetle” – 4-part documentary
- Told in distinct chapters, explore the journeys of actors and filmmakers bringing Blue Beetle to the big screen for the first time ever. Audiences will be immersed in the POV of filmmakers who showcase their experiences on set and in their creative studios making the story of this DC character a reality.
- Nana Knows Best – featurette
- Witness Nana’s transformation from an adorable ‘abuelita’ into a machine gun-wielding revolutionary, and stop in for a few of her most fun moments on set throughout production.
- Scarab Vision – 2-part featurette
- Xolo Maridueña hosts this series of scene study walk throughs that showcases how the scarab works and the role it plays in some of Blue Beetle’s most epic moments.
Below is the film’s trailer for your entertainment. This is the theatrical trailer. The film is not longer in theaters.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.