The Flash starts high and goes downhill from there. Fan servicing can only take you so far. Flashpoint? The show did it better. Way better.
Color me pessimistic but The Flash isn’t what it was sold to be. Does it reset the DC universe? No. Are we, as viewers, able to connect with Barry Allen’s (Ezra Miller) loss of his mother? Not at all. Even when Miller tries hard to be emotional, their facial expressions just don’t do it. Does Ben Affleck serve any real purpose in this movie? Not at all. Did we really need Supergirl? Not at all. Don’t get me wrong, Sasha Calle did her best with the mediocre material she got.
However, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, Affleck is finally good as Batman in this movie. Let’s break it down a bit.
The first 10 minutes are great but stolen from a certain X-Men with a similar character #NoSpoilers. Plus, unlike the original inspiration, they don’t serve any purpose in this one. And that’s all the good cinematic production you’re going to see in this movie. It goes downhill from there, all the way to the early 1990s VFX work.
The story is convoluted and tries to do too much while failing at it at the same time. The meta jokes at the justice league get exhausting, Affleck and **** cameo feels like a filler that Barry Allen ignores…as expected and decides to go back in time to save his mom.
If you’re a comic book fan, you know the story, so I’ll skip the details. However, I must stop at one annoying thing.
There’s a central scene during the events where the VFX looks like a cheap Madame Tussaud wax museum statue copied, edited, and animated using Microsoft paint 1995. You’ll know it when you see it.
Should you watch it?
I get that DC had its issues with movies, but The Flash was supposed to be this universe reset and cleanup to move forward. Everyone hailed it as a great movie. It’s not.
Where can I watch it?
The Flash is now playing in theaters.