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The Flash: A Fun and Fast-Paced Superhero Film
The Flash, directed by Andy Machete, is a refreshing take on the superhero genre. The film’s unique action scenes and twisty time travel plot never lose sight of Barry Allen’s emotional journey. Despite excessive fan service and an unwieldy third act, The Flash is an entertaining superhero film and one of DC’s better efforts in recent memory.

A Loose Adaptation of Flashpoint
The film is a loose adaptation of the Flashpoint comic event. Barry Allen rushes to use his newfound time travel ability to undo the murder of his mother when he was a child. But his actions skew the timeline, creating an alternate 1985. The Flash becomes a tale of two Barry Allens, two Batmans, and two versions of DC movie continuities colliding. What follows is a sincere and surprisingly humorous morality play where Barry must reconcile what his selfish and grief-stricken actions have wrought.

Two Batmans and Super Speed
Despite indulging in unnecessarily long Batman action sequences and numerous overt references to the Tim Burton Batman films, The Flash never loses sight of Barry’s story. The two Batmans’ contrasting views are used to excellent effect to accent Barry’s play as men orphaned by violence as children. For his part, Ben Affleck seems more at home as Batman and Bruce Wayne than ever, with a performance that’s all business and sadness with a perfectly measured dash of dry humor. Michael Keaton portrays an aged Bruce with an understated performance that is too understated at some points. Keaton’s action scenes, however, are the exact opposite as we watch his Batman come alive and kick ass like never before, thanks to modern special effects.

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Super Girl and Visual Effects
Unfortunately, Super Girl feels more like a plot device than a fully fleshed-out character. Although actor Sasha Kaye shines as much as she can, given the thin nature of the role, she manages to make an impression with her disillusioned Cara Zorel, who holds an understandable grudge against humanity. A majority of the visual effects are superb. Still, one, in particular, is not: time travel is portrayed using a concept unlike anything we’ve seen before, but the CGI render of people looks like eerie wax dolls with classic hair, robbing certain big moments of their intended impact.

Barry Allen Shines
Despite its flaws, The Flash
Actor Ezra Miller excels in this double role, offering two dramatically different looks at the same character.

While the superhero fan service may be too strong at times, it does not overshadow the main plot.

Background on Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller, one of the actors in The Flash movie, has had a tumultuous few years, with multiple charges of serious crimes and currently serving probation. Miller have apologized for her behavior and claims to be seeking help for her complex mental health issues.

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The Flash Movie Review
The Flash delivers an ambitious superhero movie with a tragic and heartfelt story of grief.
Strong performances and impressive visual effects.
The superhero fan service may be too strong at times, but it does not overshadow the main plot.

Opening Sequence
The film opens with the hands of a clock spinning into place at precisely 9:02, representing Barry’s ability to speed up and slow down time. The café where he is trapped is called Bilby’s, a nod to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Barry’s constant hunger is tied into his need for carbs as fuel, and he orders a PBHRC on a roll.

Batman and Chemical Robbery
Bruce Wayne needs Barry’s help because of a robbery gone wrong. The robbers are using chemical weapons that were likely acquired from Ace Chemicals, and the criminals are the Falcons, a well-known Gotham City crime family. Bruce lays out a spike strip ahead of a school bus and follows the robbers on a bike while Barry heads to Gotham General Hospital. On the wall, we see that the hospital is the Martha Wayne Institute, which suggests that Bruce paid for the wing in honor of his mother.

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Barry’s Multiversal Dilemna
Barry’s ability to access the realm beyond the speed of light, which he calls the chrono bowl, is this movie’s visualization of the multiverse. Barry tells Bruce Wayne about his ability, and Bruce warns him about the dangers of destroying everything

The Flash is filled with Easter eggs and nods to the DC multiverse. It also tackles complex themes like time travel and the multiverse.

Flash Movie Easter Eggs Explained
The Flash movie features numerous Easter eggs that reference other DC movies and pop culture in general. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable ones:

In the opening scene, Bruce Wayne already knows that Barry will be time traveling at some point in his life because he saw Barry appearing through rift in time in “Batman v Superman.”
In Barry’s apartment, there is a poster of Raquel Welch from 1966’s “One Million Years BC” on the wall that Barry vibrates rapidly to phase through. This is a nod to “The Shawshank Redemption,” where Andy uses the same poster to cover him tunneling through his prison cell wall.
Barry alters history to put a can of tomatoes in Nora’s card, and the Speed Force is warm and golden because of his new suit. Later, when he leaves his mom to die, the color is cold and blue, which matches the coloring and Barry’s memory of his mom’s bed when she was alive and dancing with him that day.
Young Barry kicks over two receptacle cans for house number 13, foreshadowing how he will become Dark Flash by knocking two berries out of sync in a very unlucky position for both of them.
In young Barry’s bedroom, there are posters for other Warner titles, including “Pacific Rim” and “Inception,” and on the door, “V for Vendetta.”

During the battle of Metropolis, Bruce Wayne also comforted a kid in “Batman v Superman” by turning her away from her dead parents in nearby rubble.
Barry’s roommate has a tattoo of Eric Stoltz on his inner thigh, referencing how Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly in “Back to the Future” before being replaced by Michael J. Fox.

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