The Flash Rises Above Dceu Films Before It

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It’s been a few years since the Justice League got together and saved the Earth from Mother Boxes, the Steppe Wolf and confusing narratives. So now that Barry Allen/The Flash has time to think? He thinks it would be a fantastic idea to use his Speed Strength to go back in time to save his mother’s life. What could possibly go wrong? Uh, did he watch any time travel movies? Cue hijinks!

Genre in which I would put it: The goodbyes of the series That Are The best of the lot
Release date: 2023
Remake, Sequel, Based on or Original: Based on the characters created by DC comics. Part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

I have to say: I struggled to go see Flash. With the assertion against Miller, I was worried about participating in the attempt to whitewash these incidents. But with Miller who seems to have help with his problems? I told myself that if he was willing to try, I was willing to peril things. And Flash is by far the best movie the DCEU has released to date, and a great way to put a period on what I consider to be the Snyder-verse phase. Yes, there are a few hiccups, but overall, Flash seems to know exactly what fans and casual moviegoers want, and is giving it to them.

Flash is an interesting breed, sliding between total action and sincere moments of character. This back and forth is probably due to the writers Christina Hodson and Joby Harold, who have very different storytelling styles. Hodson has written artfully wacky films like Bumblebee and Birds of Prey, where Harold is more of a gonad actor like Army of the Dead. Director Andy Muschietti mixes these two styles, offering viewers moments to catch their breath between the slam-bang sequences. And honey, if it’s action you want? You will definitely get it. Because again, this film gives with both hands. The choreography of the action is on point, the blocking allows you to see exactly what is happening, and with whom, and hey – do these medium to wide shots, allow us to see everything? Yes. Yes, they are. Thank the martial gods for this.

The story is basic; Fix the Oopsie. But I think I can safely say without deporting spoilers that you haven’t already seen in the trailers, that with all the other characters from various … however, it’s how Barry will eventually rectify things that makes the story interesting. Things tend to get a little slow during moments of exposure, such as when Barry interacts with his family (although Ron Livingston and Maribel Verdú are really charming as Barry’s parents). But as the general theme of the film is to allow yourself to let your past be the past? I will allow it. In addition, I think DC comics fans will appreciate these moments that allow the characters to interact without jokes, and without any real agenda beyond letting the viewers feel the bonds that unite them. But stick a pin in the fan thing, we’ll get to that in a tic.

The cast? Like Livingston and Verdú, they all dig. Ezra Miller’s Barry is the DCEU’s Garfield: constantly hungry, a little disgruntled and strangely annoying even with his quirks. And boy-oh-boy does Miller compose these oddities. I thought Barry was autistic and/or had ADHD, with the way he uses tics, poor eye contact, repetitive movements and other indicators to bring Barry to life. It’s a bold choice, because Miller really draws the line between sincerity and parody, but wraps things up just enough to make Barry function as a separate entity rather than another cookie-cutter superhero. That said, I would love for Barry and Shazam/Billy Batson to interact. Barry’s discomfort in his own skin, and Billy is in and out of his own? It could be comedy gold, if these two get together. James Gunn, this is my beautiful request for you. Puuuuuueze?

This movie is absolutely packed with characters, so many are just glorified and glorious cameos, so digging would make us stay here forever, and none of us want to. However, a few stand out. Sasha Calle does a wonderful job as a Supergirl, giving us a glimpse of what it could have been like if a certain Kryptonian hadn’t landed in a cornfield. Michael Keaton is absolute perfection in the role of Bruce Wayne /Batman. Even when the dialogue gets a little silly, it makes you believe in this mess, hitting you deep in your soul. Damn it, it’s not a scream. This is a sincere thank you to the man for giving the best performance in a 21st century DC movie I’ve ever seen. Dude deserves his Oscar. Well; it’s still hot. What about Ezra Miller’s back-and-forth as Barry and Barry? It’s so transparent that I started to forget that I was a trapped parent. Yes, dude is problematic. But damn if he doesn’t have talent. Make your own “fine line between insanity and genius” comment here.

At almost two and a half hours, this movie definitely suffers from bloat. Maybe a few of those dragging scenes I mentioned earlier could have been sharper if the edges had been judiciously trimmed. But all in all, Flash offers us a big explosive summer blockbuster that will give you more than almost three hours (trailers and commercials, my dear) in air conditioning. This will give you hope that future DC movies could be something good.

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