The Flash Review #2: Worlds collide in this super stuffed but enjoyable outing


The multiverse is like a bowl of spaghetti. Follow me here, because in a moment The flash, a familiar character that audiences have come to know and love, explains that timelines are like noodles in a bowl: some can run parallel to each other, and others can intersect. Time is not linear. Bottom line: if you’re dumb enough to play with time, you play with noodles. Or something like that.

The point is that the results can be disastrous. And if you’ve seen the trailer for The flash, You already know that Ezra Miller‘s The Flash (or Barry Allen) goes back in time on a brave mission and gets into a hell of a mess. Fortunately, director Andy Muschietti (of He fame) long-awaited DC movie isn’t a disaster on its own, even though the result is an ambitious, if not super-filling spectacle.


that does not mean The flash It’s not a nice thrill ride. It is. In fact, not since Wonder Woman – and perhaps Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of League of Justice – Going to a DC movie has felt so much fun in the last decade. There may be hope for DC Studios yet. But like the frantic and passionate lead in this film, we all know that new CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran have a lot to figure out creatively. With Ezra Miller (they also have a lot to “figure out” if you’ve been following the news) in his corner, things are looking up.

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The Flash movie with Ezra Miller
Warner Bros.

Screenwriters Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey, bumblebee) and JobyHarold (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Transformers: Rise of Beasts) are skilled storytellers. Collectively, they’ve created a tight, solid outing here, particularly in the first half of the film. The second half of the movie starts to feel like this bloated outing should be a streaming series we can binge on. There’s a lot going on and a lot of superheroes and divine creatures to keep up. Things kick off right away with an action-packed opening packed with humor.

We find Barry Allen (Miller) as a forensic chemist with the Central City Police Department. He’s frustrated with the bureaucracy at the office, but when a call from Alfred (Jeremy Irons), that would be Bruce Wayne’s Alfred, folks, alerts him to a horrifying attack, he perks up. It seems there is no one but Flash to take care of him. That? Are those members of the Justice League on strike? Another call from Batman (Ben Affleck returns to the iconic role) informs him of other drama, and our hero is off, trying to save the day as only The Flash can.

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The opening action sequence is something of a blast – quite poetic, in fact – and sets the tone for the action and humor that follows, though the humor turns sour in the film’s third act. Still, what a joy it is to see Ezra Miller on screen. No one else can embody this character the way they can. In fact, director Andy Muschietti recently revealed that Miller will still be The Flash in James Gunn’s DC Universe. Cheers to that. One could watch this amazing actor be frantic, manic, nervous, sad, happy, and curious for hours. Miller brings a lot of depth to his roles, especially here.

In the afterglow of the film’s fantastic opening sequence, Barry cannot escape lingering anguish. He longs for justice for his father (Ron Livingston), who is in prison for murdering Barry’s mother (Maribel Verdú). We’re led to believe that the pops didn’t, and suddenly The Flash, in a heated emotional moment, hurtles through dimensions only to realize that he has found a seemingly sweet spot in the time/space continuum. So… maybe he can alter the timeline, just a little bit so that his mother never dies? Bad idea. The result of his actions, while a terrific sight to watch, generates terrifying ripple effects.

Batman Returns. And come back. And come back.

The Flash movie with Michael Keaton
Warner Bros.

It’s all smiles and affection until another version of yourself appears. It seems that Barry’s great idea backfires, and he soon meets another version of himself, a pre-Flash Barry. No powers. Just a foolish indifference. It’s wicked fun (and hilarious) to experience the Ezra-on-Ezra action here. Even more so when Michael Keaton appears as an older, sweatpants-wearing Bruce Wayne: think 1989. bat Man with all its late 80s charm and bat gizmos.

The two Barry convince this Batman in this multiverse timeline to help them find Superman because General Zod (Michael Shannon) is about to wipe out the Earth, something familiar to fans of the franchise. We’ve been here before, but thanks to some inventive twists, we’re looking at you, Supergirl (Sasha Calle), the film’s final act is an explosive thrill ride, though it may go on too long.

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You shouldn’t be pondering how these characters got to this point in the movie. Let’s just say Barry Number One hasn’t revealed to a much dumber Barry Number Two that his mother is dead in the former’s timeline. The Flash we know technically has painted himself into a corner of the timeline, and is suddenly at the mercy of his unfortunate actions.

However, this movie should get special bonus points for bringing Michael Keaton back. The actor puts the bat suit back on very nicely. On that note, this multiverse riot also gives us a look at others who have played Batman and Superman, respectively. They’re not the only superheroes we get to see, by the way, and a surprising reveal should have fans cheering. Reflecting on it now, these surreal ‘flashes’, interspersed with super-heavy climactic scenes, find a way to bring us together. Not all humans may agree with politics, but it seems we share a common bond with superheroes and ultimately The flash he knows that and his writers capture the sentiment very well.

Meanwhile, with the DCEU/DCU in a state of flux, The flash it gives super fans and general moviegoers something to look forward to. The Flash/Barry does his best to save the day here, but it’s Ezra Miller who single-handedly saves DC from disappearing into the void of the bewildering creative choices he’s made in writing and filmmaking in recent years. The depth of Miller’s emotion is believable and palpable, the angst universal to him. They are The flash. AND this is the DC summer movie we’ve been waiting for.

The flashfrom Warner Bros., DC Studios, Double Dream, and The Disco Factory, hits theaters June 16.

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