It is not a bad way to spend a couple of hours, keeping in mind that this fairy tale, like most, has only a tenuous link to reality.
The movie was the best concert film to date when it first came out, and nothing in the past forty years has toppled it from that position.
For those who enjoy their sleuthing on the big screen with impressively conceived set pieces, evocative performances, gothic twists and turns, and a drizzling of ghostly apparitions.
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The characters are relatable, the humor generates laughter without becoming moronic, and the feel-good vibe is never far from the surface.
The messiest of the three movies and the most narratively fractured, but it should still satisfy those who consider themselves to be fans.
"Retribution" seems especially disappointing because of its untapped potential to be cheesily entertaining.
As a snapshot of 20th century history, "Golda" does its job. As something more eloquent and important, the film falls short of its goal.
There is enough here to keep the film from being a car wreck but it is hardly an example of championship caliber filmmaking.
U.S. Release Date: 2023-08-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Suggestive Material)
Director: Angel Manuel Soto
Cast: Xolo Mariduena, Bruna Marquezine, Damian Alcazar, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Belissa Escobedo, Elpidia Carrillo, Susan Sarandon, Raoul Max Trujillo
The primary sin is not that "Blue Beetle" stinks the way really bad movies do but that it is deeply mired in mediocrity.
Provided the viewer is broad-minded enough not to be bothered by a nearly constant stream of profanity, "Strays" offers a kennel of off-color laughter.