‘The Flash’ is the latest theatrical release from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures, this film has been a long time coming and I am so excited to now see it being released. This is my NON-SPOILER review of the film, which is directed by Andy Muschietti, produced by Barbara Muschietti and stars Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck and Sasha Calle.
‘The Flash’ boasts entertaining and intense action sequences that are a real adrenaline rush for viewers. There are moments that are ripped straight out of a comic book (Flashpoint to be exact) and it’s great to see it stay so true to the source material, yet put it’s own spin on it. A lot of people, whether DC fans or not, have pointed out that a lot of DC films are dark, this has it all – it has aspects of darkness, but mixed perfectly with a colourful tone and excellently timed humour that hit every single time. There were roars of laughter throughout the film and also several gasps and claps towards some of the cameos, easter eggs and surprises that the film introduces.
The story itself follows the Flashpoint storyline with several diversions that link it to the previous DC films including Zack Snyder’s Justice League and more closely Man Of Steel. With Man Of Steel being my favourite DC film to date it was SO good to see some of those characters again but from a different perspective. Whilst it doesn’t really tell you much about the future of James Gunn’s DC Universe, it is a really nostalgic, enjoyable and surprisingly emotional film. I say nostalgic for obvious reasons, Keaton and Affleck returning as Batman, the references to previous DC films and lore and also the cameos we get along the way. It’s safe to say that ‘The Flash‘ serves as a love letter to DC fans.
The cast are phenomenal, whilst Ezra Miller is playing the same character, they are two very different versions, so their performance in this film is excellent, there are aspects or authenticity in their acting style and that really shines through during the emotional moments in the film. Keaton gives it his all in his return to Batman, it was SO good to see him back and it looked like he genuinely enjoyed himself. Whilst many are returning, Sasha Calle is donning the red cape for the very first time. Though a lot of people say she doesn’t “look” the part, she certainly does the character and fans of the character proud. I truly hope she continues in this role, whilst she has some excellent moments in the film, I just feel like we haven’t seen enough of her yet.
This review is based on my second viewing of ‘The Flash’, during the first viewing we were told that it wasn’t reviewable as it was unfinished, I had assumed that was down to the CGI in some places. The second viewing had very few differences and whilst there were MANY displays of incredible special effects, there were moments that really let it down – particularly moments where Ezra Miller played double and also the first action sequence. Like I said, there are also many moments where the effects are stellar, specifically the depiction of the multiverse and the speedforce.
The score by Benjamin Wallfisch perfectly blends the classic themes we associate with these heroes, with the new. Each and every moment of the film is perfectly accompanied by compelling and exciting music. The score really adds to the effects that this film will have on you, whether it’s moments of laughter, joy, thrill and in some places sadness.
‘The Flash‘ lives up to its hype and acts as an entertaining, emotional and nostalgic love letter to all things DC. I had a blast with this film and I am so excited for audiences to start experiencing it for themselves. If you are a DC Comics fan, this is NOT to be missed.