The Flash is a 2023 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is a standalone film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), separate from the previous DCEU films starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash. The film was directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay by Christina Hodson, and stars Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, and Ron Livingston. In the film, Barry Allen travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, which inadvertently creates an alternate timeline where his archenemy Reverse-Flash (Keaton) is freed from prison.
The Flash received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for Miller’s performance, Muschietti’s direction, and the visual effects, but criticism for the film’s uneven tone and screenplay. The film was also a box office success, grossing over $466 million worldwide against a production budget of $100 million.
Here are some of the things that critics liked about the film:
- Ezra Miller’s performance as Barry Allen was praised for being charming, funny, and heartfelt.
- Andy Muschietti’s direction was praised for being stylish and visually stunning.
- The visual effects were praised for being top-notch, particularly the scenes involving Barry’s time travel.
Here are some of the things that critics didn’t like about the film:
- The film’s tone was uneven, with some scenes feeling too serious and others feeling too campy.
- The screenplay was criticized for being too convoluted and for not fully exploring some of the film’s ideas.
- The film’s villain, Reverse Flash, was not as well-developed as he could have been.
Overall, The Flash is a mixed bag. It has some great things going for it, such as Ezra Miller’s performance and Andy Muschietti’s direction, but it also has some flaws, such as an uneven tone and a convoluted screenplay. If you’re a fan of the Flash comics or of Ezra Miller, then you’ll probably enjoy the film. However, if you’re not a fan of either of those things, then you might want to wait for the film to come out on streaming before you watch it.