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CHUPA – Carlos Rafael Rivera

April 18, 2023 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

There have been many ‘boy and his pet’ stories, in both film and literature over the decades – the list is too enormous to mention – but the common threads that link so many of them is the way that humans and animals often bond with each other in extraordinary circumstances, and change each other’s lives for the better as a result. This new film, Chupa, directed by Mexican filmmaker Jonás Cuarón (son of Alfonso Cuarón), was inspired by one specific ‘boy and his pet’ story – 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – but whereas Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece involved friendly aliens, Cuarón’s film involves a creature from Mexican folklore: the chupacabra. The story follows a teenager named Alex (Evan Whitten) who, while visiting family in Mexico, gains an unlikely companion when he discovers a young chupacabra hiding in his grandpa’s shed. To save the mythical creature, Alex and his cousins must embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The film co-stars Demián Bichir and Christian Slater and has been a massive success on Netflix in the weeks since it premiered in April 2023. Read more…