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Blue Beetle (2023)

Hey there, fellow movie buffs and superhero enthusiasts! It’s 2023, and you know what that means – the summer blockbuster season is in full swing! But let’s be real, folks, not all big productions hit the bullseye. DC might still be reeling from The Flash debacle, a movie that had reviewers calling it the greatest superhero film ever… until it BOMBED spectacularly. (And just between us, it wasn’t that bad, right? It had its quirks!)

But wait, before we dive into the blue abyss of Blue Beetle, let’s address the pre-launch naysayers. Those who predicted it would bomb harder than a dynamite factory during a fireworks show. How on Earth can you have an opinion about something you haven’t even seen? Is clairvoyance suddenly a thing?

Well, here’s the scoop: I’ve seen it. And guess what? It’s GOOD! Now, hold your horses; I’m not claiming it’s “Avengers: Infinity War” level good. That movie was like the superhero equivalent of a delicious buffet after a month of fasting. No, we’re talking more along the lines of watching “Iron Man” for the first time. Remember that feeling of excitement and unpredictability? Yeah, it’s a bit like that.

But let’s get real; it can’t replicate that same sensation. Why? Because we’ve had a gazillion superhero movies since “Iron Man.” It’s like trying to recreate your first kiss – it’s never quite the same.

But here’s the kicker: “Blue Beetle” is an origins movie, and it should be judged on its own merit. Xolo Maridueña, known from the Netflix hit series “Cobra Kai,” shows great potential in his first breakout movie. But, and this is a big BUT, I’m awarding him the “most embarrassing superhero moment” award. Yep, even superheroes have their awkward moments.

Susan Sarandon, the queen of acting, plays the meanie with such finesse you’ll wonder if she moonlights as a supervillain in real life. And speaking of real life, this movie teaches “Fast and Furious” and “Shazam” a thing or two about the importance of family. It’s like a heartwarming lesson wrapped in spandex and action sequences.

In a nutshell, I thoroughly enjoyed “Blue Beetle.” It’s a breath of fresh air in the superhero genre. So, my friends, do yourself a favor and give this flick a chance. Who knows, you might just find yourself soaring through the skies, laughing at awkward superhero moments, and understanding the true meaning of family, all in one electrifying ride! So, grab your popcorn, put on your best superhero pose, and blast off with “Blue Beetle” – it’s a wild ride you won’t want to miss!