The Flash movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES THE PACING MOVE JUST TOO FAST FOR DC FANS IN THE FLASH?
There’s been so many clichéd and overdone entries in the genre lately, and the more recent superhero films seem to just get slower and duller. This, the acting, and the film’s fantabulous action are the reasons why The Flash is such a surprise.
When Barry Allen decides to use his super speed to travel back in time and change his unfortunate childhood, his attempt to prevent his mother’s death and ultimately save his family traps him in an alternate world without superheroes, forcing him to confront his past and save the future.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú
Writer: Christina Hodson
Release Date (Australia): 15 June 2023
Runtime: 144 minutes/2h 22m
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film features science fiction and fantasy themes, including time-travel, the use of fantasy powers and weapons, and fight scenes. The film also includes thematic content relating to death and grief.
The film contains fantasy violence in the form of characters using fantasy powers and weapons, stabbings, shootings, implied throat-slittings and a close-up depiction of a bullet passing through a character’s leg, occasionally accompanied by depictions of blood and injury detail.
The film contains one use of the word “f**k” and features use of the words “s**t”, “d**k” and “**shole”.
The film contains brief mild drug references.
The film contains a scene of comedic male buttocks nudity.
The film features infrequent and very mild sexual references.
PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action, some strong language and partial nudity)
Aussie boy's thoughts
The Flash is almost everything a superhero movie fan could ask for; it offers a wonderful mix of emotional connection, dramatic family themes, stunning action sequences, top-notch performances and a smooth pacing that manages to keep up with the character. When you really think the details that stand behind, all of the narratives within the DC superhero and origin story movies have true potential, and it doesn’t matter whether they’re labeled as comedies or dramas, or related to DC or Marvel comics. But it feels so rare to see these concepts executed to their fullest, The Flash being an example.
When Barry Allen decides to use his super speed to travel back in time and change his unfortunate childhood, his attempt to prevent his mother’s death and ultimately save his family traps him in an alternate world without superheroes, forcing him to confront his past and save the future. Although extremely entertaining and paced like lightning, there is no doubt that this movie is far from perfection. Some of the CGI work will really bother the critics and audiences who pay attention to special details in the effects. In addition, some will find it bothersome that characters like Batman, Supergirl and a Barry Allen from an alternate universe get to take up a lot of elements in the Flash’s story.
To save discussing the film’s strengths after the criticisms so we can leave off on a positive note however, the chunks of runtime in which we spend time around the other superheroes all feel like they fit neatly into the story. Batman, Supergirl and an alternate universe’s Barry Allen each have necessary roles to play in the story, without feeling forced or overshadowing the main character’s story. The performances are also magnetic from beginning to end. Despite the controversies and trouble he’s been involved in during the past few years, Ezra Miller is very good in both his struggling role as Barry and his annoying alternate-universe role as the same person but with a completely different life.
It’s also an absolute blast to see Michael Keaton back as the Batman in this day and age, and Sasha Calle is also pretty good inhabiting Supergirl, although she doesn’t have as much of a role in the movie as the Batman. What’s equally as impressive as the talents in front of the camera is Andy Muschietti’s exquisite work behind the camera. His direction is pretty much spotless in this movie, which makes the sometimes-poor CGI forgivable. And the action throughout The Flash deserves it’s own discussion, it’s just so exciting and fun to watch at the cinemas. Despite its cons, this is a big-deal cinema movie that will deserve its popularity, and we need to see more superhero movies that have enjoyable, well-crafted elements other than humour.
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