FLASH – A Whirlwind of Delights

***spoilers ahead***

The Flash is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Michael Shannon, and Sacha Calle.

This movie was a whirlwind of delights, with exceptional moments that made me say “wow” on many separate occasions, and with a thrilling pace that lacked any boredom. For any Batman fan that loved the old movies, but always wanted to see our characters do greater things, this is your antidote!

Despite finding himself in hot water in the press, our protagonist Ezra Miller certainly deserves credit for his performance. However, the real winner is Michael Keaton, who showed off his exemplary acting prowess… and we even got magnificent fan-service with his line “you wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts.” I remember seeing that as a little boy watching 1989’s Batman Returns with Jack Nicholson. I wish the trailer never spoiled that one for us. 

The trailer did not, however, spoil the oftentimes dazzling and unexpected cameos of George Reeves, Adam West, Christopher Reeve, Helen Slater, Jay Garrick, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Nick Cage, and Jason Momoa. It was these extraordinary cameos that really won me over in adoration for the film.

Some might say that the CGI quality was lacking, and I might agree, such as each time the flash attempted to turn back time and had visions of people that have touched his life. It gave me the impression that this movie was rushed in post production, and I know the script received numerous reworks over more than 10 years as management and writers changed at the DC helm. 

Overall, this is the only DC movie since the Christopher Nolan trilogy that I want to watch again. 

Congratulations to Michael Keaton, Director Andy Muschietti, and new DC heads James Gunn and Peter Safran for their brilliant work in crafting this much needed DC movie rollercoaster. I score ‘The Flash’ with a strong 3.5 out of 5

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