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The Flash Movie Review

The Flash movie takes us into the post-Zack Snyder's 'Justice League' era, where we find Barry Allen, played by Ezra Miller, dealing with his role as the "janitor" of the group. However, he is haunted by emotional trauma from his past, including the loss of his mother and his father's wrongful imprisonment.

The story takes a fascinating turn when The Flash's speed leads him to the 'Chrono Bowl,' a place that can be likened to a data server for all the timelines in the multiverse. Imagine having the power to dash through any timeline. Barry Allen seizes this opportunity to try and alter the past, hoping to bring back his deceased mother. He enlists the help of Michael Keaton's Batman and Supergirl (Sasha Calle), along with a team of allies, to undo the mess he inadvertently creates.

The marketing for this film focused heavily on the appearances of Michael Keaton's Batman, Sasha Calle's Supergirl, and the rumored cameos. This strategy aimed to divert attention away from the controversies surrounding Ezra Miller, the lead actor. However, it's challenging to separate the actor from the character, and this moral dilemma lingers throughout the movie.

The Flash relies heavily on slow-motion shots to capture the lightning-fast world of its protagonist. The film smartly incorporates 600 FPS shots using impressive CGI and props to create a visually engaging experience. For example, Flash's phasing ability allows him to pass through walls to grab beers, and when he returns, the bottles explode due to the speed at which he retrieved them. The story is peppered with clever plot twists, and the humor in the film stands out, offering one of the best superhero comedy experiences.

Director Andy Muschietti, known for his work on "It" and "It: Chapter 2," brings his expertise in emotional character arcs to elevate Ezra Miller's performance. Miller successfully navigates the dual roles assigned to him, delivering a memorable performance that connects with the audience.

While Michael Keaton's Batman brings nostalgia to the screen, his age becomes a noticeable factor when witnessing him in action. Nevertheless, Keaton's charm helps overlook this and allows viewers to relish his portrayal of the Caped Crusader for one last time. Sasha Calle's Supergirl, however, lacks a well-developed character arc, leaving her character feeling underutilized.

Muschietti's background in horror films is evident as he incorporates a dark undertone to the movie, balancing the fun and games happening on the surface with a touch of drama. The film's soundtrack brings back the iconic Batman theme by Danny Elfman, pleasing fans. Additionally, the song choices during action sequences and the emotional climax are fitting, although the overall background score may not be particularly memorable.

In conclusion, The Flash provides a trippy and fresh take on the multiverse concept, injecting a comic-book-like experience into the movie. It caters not only to fans of the Flash but also to all comic book enthusiasts. The CGI occasionally shows its age, reminiscent of 2016, but it doesn't detract significantly from the overall experience.

The Good:

  • Fresh take on the multiverse concept
  • Successful return to the comic book roots of superhero movies
  • Impressive slow-motion shots and CGI
  • Smartly written plot with engaging twists
  • Memorable performance by Ezra Miller

The Bad:

  • Occasional outdated CGI
  • Insufficient development of Supergirl's character

If you have any reservations about Ezra Miller, give The Flash a chance and watch it for the character of Barry Allen. Fans of the Flash and Batman will undoubtedly enjoy this multiverse adventure.

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