The Flash Review - Believe the Hype!

by Wes Greer on June 06, 2023

THE FLASH - 2023
Director –Andy Muschietti
Writers – Christina Hodson & Joby Harold
Stars – Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle

After a long, long wait, THE FLASH is finally hitting theaters on Friday, June 16th and if you’ve been anywhere on social media lately, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of reactions and takes on the film due to Warner Brothers releasing several screeners of the film to do just that. I had the privilege of being invited to a screener here in Orlando and as much as I try to convince people not to jump on hype trains and to lower expectations before seeing a film themselves, with THE FLASH you can absolutely believe all the hype!

The film revolves around The Flash / Barry Alan who is played by actor Ezra Miller who has been the center of a lot of controversy as of late. For the sake of this review, I won’t be diving into any of that to keep focus on the film itself, but I can totally understand anyone who may not want to see this film because of their actions and we completely respect everyone’s personal beliefs on the matter. As far as their performance in the film, Miller delivers their best performance yet as the character. In a film that feels like it’s mostly being marketed as a Batman movie, the film revolves around Barry, and this is one hundred percent his story. Miller brings a lot of heart and depth to the character in this story that is loosely based on the comic book series FLASHPOINT by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. The film gives us a look at what Barry has been up to after the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE and his ongoing efforts to protect Central City as The Flash. After discussing how he could travel time with Ben Affleck’s Batman, Barry reflects on how he could go back in time and save his mother and in true Batman fashion, Affleck’s Batman strongly warns against this, but our young here of course has no plans on listening to that sound advice and goes on a time traveling adventure that unravels everything and sets up one hell of a story full of excitement, action, adventure, and heart break and Miller delivers on all of it along with an exceptional cast of heroes we’ve seen before in DC films past, as well as all new characters and actors such as Sasha Calle’s Supergirl.

One of the biggest draws to this movie is the return of the original blockbuster superhero himself, Michael Keaton’s Batman, and his return lives up to the all the hype and more! When we meet Keaton’s Bruce Wayne, he is a bit disheveled and not the same Bruce we saw in Batman 1989 or Batman Returns and its because of the years he has spent trying to save Gotham. I won’t get into more because it’s a great part of his story and the film going forward, but Keaton delivers an incredible performance and even after all these years, he doesn’t miss a beat suiting back up as the Dark Knight and delivers a performance true to his portrayal of the character in the original Tim Burton films and gives us even more during his characters arc. Fans of the Burton films are in for one hell of a treat and newcomers to his performance will see why we fell in love with him all those years ago.

The film stays true to its title, keeping The Flash as the pillar of the movie and revolves all these events around him in such a grand fashion that you feel like you’re right in the middle of all it with him. There are certain times like with any movie where some scenes feel like they drag on a little more than needed, but all these moments build together in the end to come full circle and deliver an immerse story that leaves its viewers satisfied and feeling like they got the most for their ticket price.

The Flash is so much more than a comic book movie, it’s a riveting story that offers something for everyone whether it be yourself as a comic book or movie fan, your children, or your own parents, The Flash hits upon everything a great movie should be and is one of those movies you will want to see again and again while its still in theaters to relive the excitement and heart it gives off and is a worthy escape from all the woes of the real world.

Be sure to preorder your tickets for The Flash now from your local Theaters and brace yourselves for one of the best superhero movies to date!

-Wes Greer