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The Flash

Opening Date
14 Jun 2023
PG13 Some Violence
144 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Adventure, Superhero
Andy Muschietti
Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, Gal Gadot, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Maribel Verdu, Ron Livingston, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue
Warner Bros. Pictures presents “The Flash,” directed by Andy Muschietti (the “IT” films, “Mama”). Ezra Miller reprises their role as Barry Allen in the DC Super Hero’s first-ever standalone feature film. Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe? “The Flash” ensemble also includes rising star Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon (“Bullet Train,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Ron Livingston (“Loudermilk,” “The Conjuring”), Maribel Verdú (“Elite,” “Y tu mamá también”), Kiersey Clemons (“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Sweetheart”), Antje Traue (“King of Ravens,” “Man of Steel”) and Michael Keaton (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Batman”). “The Flash” is produced by Barbara Muschietti (the “IT” films, “Mama”) and Michael Disco (“Rampage,” “San Andreas”). The screenplay is by Christina Hodson (“Birds of Prey,” “Bumblebee”), with a screen story by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) and Joby Harold (“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” “Army of the Dead”), based on characters from DC. The executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, Galen Vaisman and Marianne Jenkins. Joining director Muschietti behind the camera are director of photography Henry Braham (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Suicide Squad”), production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“IT Chapter Two,” “The Shape of Water”), editors Jason Ballantine (the “IT” films, “The Great Gatsby”) and Paul Machliss (“The Gentlemen,” “Baby Driver”), and costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”); the score is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“The Invisible Man,” the “IT” films). Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Double Dream/a Disco Factory production of an Andy Muschietti film, “The Flash.” It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on June 16, 2023 and internationally beginning 14 June 2023.
By InCinemas  12 Jun 2023
Among one of the better-produced DCEU films, this movie feels coming in too late into the game of multiverses
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I went to the watch The Flash with lots of questions in my head. What's the future of DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) under James Gunn and Peter Safran after this movie? With Ezra Miller(Them/They)'s erratic behaviour and trouble with the law, what will happen to these characters and them as an actor?

Putting all these questions aside, the movie here is about the titular character travelling back in time to stop the death of his mother. In this journey, he is trapped by his past, and his tinkering with that led expectedly to some consequences. Barry Allen meets a younger version of himself in an alternate reality that includes a different Batman, and a Supergirl that has to save this particular world from Zod, and try to restore balance and return back to his current life.

With a run-time of 144 minutes long, this superhero caper is silly, fun and entertaining, in large part due to the charm of Ezra Miller as the Flash and ahem, the Flash (younger version). Superheroes are often lofty. Here, Flash's experience is very human and I can't help but try to reconcile what I know about the actor and trying to separate them from the character.

What worked on screen was definitely the emotions that the story draws out of you. You get to be angry, sad, happy and amused with a pretty simple to understand but at times going-nowhere plot. The fast pacing (The Flash afterall!) helps to keep moving things along, making it one of the better DCEU movies you've seen.

What's coming across as a little wasted was the lack of dimensionality from key characters like Supergirl and General Zod. As flat as they can be cardboard, they contrast with some of the amusing cameos. The movie's ending felt rush and things had to be wrapped up quickly compared to the nice build-up we see at the beginning of the film. Towards the end, one gets the impression that we are told 'Nothing much to see here, let's move on'.

Among one of the better-produced DCEU films, this movie feels coming in too late into the game of multiverses brought to life by Marvel Studios through Dr Strange and recently with the Spider-verse, but feels totally appropriate given that the future of DCEU transitions into the hands of a new leadership, and consequently a new 'Universe'.

Oh, one more note before I end this. I have to say that Batman will still be Batman, wherever we may be.
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