In Review: The Flash (2023)

Barry Allen/The Flash uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family creates a world without super heroes
Flash

Synopsis: Barry Allen/The Flash uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family creates a world without super heroes, forcing him to race for his life in order to save the future.

 

The Story

Loosely based on the Flashpoint story arc from the comics. The story sees Barry Allen aka The Flash discover and use the Speedforce to travel back in time and stop his mother from dying. However when he travels back to change past events he creates a divergent timeline that sees the Earth being attacked, but there is no Superman to defeat him. To that end, Barry and his other self from the new timeline join forces with some comedic results and wind up working with Batman and Supergirl to try and stop a world-ending event. I.E. General Zod terraforming the Earth and turning it into new Krypton.

 

The Acting

Ezra Miller does a solid job with his portrayal of Barry Allen and does really good work when he is playing the teenage version of Barry Allen versus the older prime timeline version. In fact, I preferred Miller’s portrayal over Grant Gustin’s take on the now-defunct TV series. I loved the scene in the coffee shop at the start of the film when Barry finds himself having to explain his order to a new member of the staff that was standing in for the regular server.

Maribel Verdú put in a great performance as Barry’s mother Nora Allen and seemed to have a really nice chemistry with Millar for their scenes, which made the movie’s final scenes really heartbreaking.

The best scenes are when Michael Keaton comes into play as Batman. It was as if he’d not missed a beat given that the last time he played Batman was back in 1992 for Batman Returns. Keaton really breathes life into the film as the pacing takes a slight dip before he gets introduced. Miller and Keaton worked really well together and the last scene they had together felt like a very fitting end for Keaton’s portrayal of The Dark Knight. It also shows us what a sad reality it is that Keaton never got a third Batman film in the Burton take on the characters. We also get an ok-ish performance from Sasha Calle as Supergirl given that her inclusion in the story felt a little underdone as far as the writing goes. An actor can only play whatever is written and truth is we don’t get very much time to get to know Calle’s take on the character, which is a real shame.

 

Overall

This film was sort of a fun watch and pretty good, but it didn’t blow me over in the same way as some of the better Marvel films have. And when I say Marvel films. I do not mean anything that they have released in the past year. My sister went with me to see the movie and she is not a big fan of the superhero genre and she pretty much felt the same as I did. The film is okay. Just not great. The jokes were fun as was some of the playfulness they had with the time travel and multiversal aspects of the story. We get a nice montage of the DC Cinematic and TV Multiverse towards the end of the movie, which includes brief flashes of the Christopher Reeve incarnation of Superman as well as the old TV incarnation as played by the late George Reeves. And we were also treated to multiple incarnations of Batman, which included a brief look back at the iconic Adam West version.

Overall. The Flash has obviously suffered a little bit from the various off-screen dramas that held the production up. But does a pretty good job of telling the story that it does and is a tad better than I thought it was going to be. It’s pretty much a mixed bag.

8.6
The Flash (2023)
  • Story
    7.0
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI & Stunts
    8.0
  • Incidental Music
    9.7

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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