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Review: The Flash

Worlds collide when the Flash uses his superpowers to travel back in time to change the events of the past. However, when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, he becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation. With no other superheroes to turn to, the Flash looks to coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian -- albeit not the one he's looking for.

Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Michael Shannon, Maribel Verdú, Ron Livingston, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso

‘The Flash’ is finally here, after a seemingly endless journey of delays and creative differences, we finally have our first live action Flash film, and the wait was worth it!

There’s so much heart at the core of this film, which is the obvious standout in an age where comic book films are putting spectacle over grounded emotion. The film never loses sight of what makes the Flash such a great character, and that’s what really makes the experience so well rounded.

Michael Keaton’s Batman and Sasha Calle’s Supergirl were welcome but unnecessary inclusions to the film. While neither necessarily had a huge role, it felt like they were included in the film just for the sake of being there. The lack of onscreen chemistry these characters had with the Flash made it hard to buy into the emotional stakes the film was clearly wanting you to feel.

There is a lot of subpar visual effects throughout the film, that definitely needed more time to be worked on. Oftentimes it was distracting enough to pull me out the film, especially in scenes where there’s an uncanny valley effect to CG-rendered human beings. For the most part it doesn’t take away from the film, but it certainly needed more time in the kitchen.

There’s a few surprises throughout the film, most of which I found to be unnecessary and sometimes downright off-putting. In a film full of genuine heart and care for these characters it felt weird to see such cameos take place.

All in all, this is everything DC should’ve been for years. There’s a passion for the comics that comes across onscreen, and it’s reflected by the phenomenal performances across the board and the wonderful script. While the film could’ve used more time to get a more polished version of itself completed, it’s really satisfying to finally say:

I’ve finally watched The Flash.

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