The Flash Review

An Enjoyable Ride Hindered by Lackluster CGI

Mason Moeller

6/16/20232 min read

The highly anticipated release of The Flash, brings action, sentimentality and nostalgia to the big screen. Loosely based on the Flashpoint comics, the film follows Barry as he copes with the tragic loss of his mother and his father's wrongful imprisonment for her murder. Determined to alter the course of history, Barry employs his super-speed to travel back in time, unknowingly setting off a chain of multiverse events that requires him to team up with multiple versions of heroes we know to restore the timeline.

The Flash delivers more than meets the eye but falls short of reaching its full potential. With its vibrant visuals and imaginative flair, the film has a captivating energy that leaps off the screen, despite its often perplexing time-travel narrative. It serves as both a homage to past unrealized DC projects, featuring cameos and references to abandoned endeavors and a concerted effort to cater to every fan by throwing a variety of elements into the mix and seeing what sticks.

Ezra Miller's portrayal of the Scarlet Speedster stands out as he brings humor, and emotional depth to the role, successfully investing viewers in Barry's personal journey and his relationship with his parents. His chemistry with Michael Keaton, reprising his iconic Batman role after three decades, is electric, with Keaton stealing every scene he graces. This older, wiser Batman exhibits a newfound sense of purpose and hope as he assists Barry, resulting in the heartwarming core of the movie. Most of the movie though is Ezra Miller acting with another version of himself. While he did an amazing capturing heartfelt moments acting by himself with himself, some scenes felt a bit forced, a little like those cheap clone videos you see on Youtube.

Unfortunately, the film's weakest aspect lies in its heavy reliance on lackluster CGI throughout the action sequences. The Flash heavily leans on computer-generated imagery to construct its action set pieces, yet the end result often falls short, resembling cutscenes from the PlayStation 3 era: cheap, cartoonish, and far from realistic. Additionally, the plot suffers from a lack of coherence and logical consistency, glossing over crucial details and inconsistencies arising from its time-travel premise. The film fails to adequately explain the ramifications of Barry's actions on certain characters and events, as well as the inexplicable stability of certain aspects while others undergo drastic alterations. Furthermore, it neglects to explore the consequences or deeper implications of Barry's choices, opting instead for a tidy, happily-ever-after ending. With a lot of multiverse movies in the scene at the moment and the amazing Across the Spider-Verse, this attempt of a multiverse based movie fell a bit short in my opinion.

The Flash will undoubtedly please DC comic enthusiasts and movie fans alike, providing ample fan service and nostalgic nods. It also serves as a fun and visually striking superhero adventure, appealing to casual viewers seeking an entertaining spectacle. However, those searching for a more profound and meaningful narrative or growing weary of the overused multiverse concept may find themselves unsatisfied. Despite its flaws, The Flash manages to offer an enjoyable experience, albeit one overshadowed by its subpar CGI execution.