Does The Flash Deserve Its Rotten Tomatoes Score?
Welcome to the spoiler-free zone! Before you head out to watch The Flash, let us give you a glimpse of what to expect. Although the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits at 67% among critics, it’s important to note that its audience rating is currently at 87%. This accurately represents the quality and spectacle of the film.
After discovering his time-traveling abilities, the Flash sets out on a journey to save his family without considering the consequences that may arise. He finds himself trapped in a world he doesn’t recognize, with a teenage version of himself. The Flash seeks out alternate versions of Batman and Superman as he attempts to return to his reality.
Despite controversies behind the scenes, The Flash is an enjoyable blockbuster that deserves more than 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. Ezra Miller’s performance as the Flash is phenomenal. The controversial actor delivers an amazing, layered portrayal of Barry Allen, making the character’s story whimsically complex and heartening. Miller’s comedic performance garnered genuine laughs from audiences, while their heartbreaking, dramatic portrayal generated tears.
The quality of storytelling, coupled with Miller’s performance, moves the film along at a pace that keeps the audience entertained. The beginning of the movie may have broader, slapstick-style comedy, but Miller’s onscreen charm and comedic timing make it work. The Flash takes audiences deeper into Barry’s past and how it affected who he is in the future, making it clear that it is one of the best movies in the current DC Extended Universe.
While some have criticized the movie’s CGI, it’s important to note that the performances and storytelling in The Flash heavily trump any disdain for the perceived poor special effects. Director Andy Muschietti intended the visuals to be distorted, as the audience sees what the Flash sees, which will ultimately be skewed given the speed at which he travels.
As James Gunn and Peter Safran take over DC Studios and reset the universe and its storylines, it remains unclear whether this current iteration of the Flash will be included. Nonetheless, The Flash is a fantastic film worth watching in the theater and deserves a lot more than its current score on Rotten Tomatoes.
First and foremost, this is a spoiler-free zone, so read this and then go see The Flash.
The Flash finally hits theaters this weekend, and its Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t fully match the wonder and entertainment captured in the penultimate movie of the current DCEU (DC Extended Universe). The film currently sits at 67% among critics, which isn’t necessarily bad compared to movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. However, its audience rating is currently holding steady at 87%, which is a more accurate representation of the quality and spectacle of the film.
After the Flash discovers he can travel to the past, he sets out on a journey to save his family without thinking through the possible consequences that might befall space and time if he changes history. He quickly finds himself trapped in a world he doesn’t recognize with a teenage version of himself as he attempts to find his way back to the reality he left behind.
Without the Justice League to turn to for help, the Flash seeks out alternate versions of Batman and the Kryptonian he thought he knew in the hopes of returning to the future. Despite the controversies connected to the film behind the scenes, The Flash is an enjoyable blockbuster that deserves more than 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ezra Miller’s Performance Is Phenomenal
The controversial actor Ezra Miller delivers an amazing, layered performance as the Flash in a way that only they could do. Portraying a teenaged version of Barry Allen whose family is still intact as well as the heartbroken Barry Allen of the future, Miller’s chemistry with themselves is akin to Oscar Isaacs’ dual performance in Moon Knightexcept it’s even better. No one can play the Flash better than Miller, and the newest movie cements such a notion.
Even with the film’s sprinkled cameos and Michael Keaton’s Batman, Miller rests firmly at the helm of The Flash. It’s clearly Miller’s movie, and they carry it well. Their comedic performance garnered genuine laughs from the audience, while their heartbreaking, dramatic portrayal generated tears as well. In what could easily have been a boring performance in the hands of another actor, Miller’s interpretation of the Flash’s story was whimsically complex and heartening.
Even though The Flash clocks in at well over two hours, the film doesn’t overstay its welcome. The quality of the storytelling, coupled with Miller’s performance, moves the film along at a pace that keeps the audience entertained. The movie isn’t without flaws, and the beginning is filled with broader, slapstick-style comedy than is necessary, but Miller makes it work given their onscreen charm and comedic timing. A movie that begins as a half-baked time travel escapade, which results in a seemingly broad buddy comedy, quickly develops into a witty and heartwarming journey with a lot of emotional depth.
Before his stand-alone movie, audiences hadn’t yet seen the full scope of the Flash’s story. Audiences knew the death of his mother and the subsequent wrongful imprisonment of his father left him alone, but his sarcastic wit and charm held everything to the surface. The Flash allows viewers to see much deeper into how Barry’s past affected who he is in the future and who he might have been if his mother had never died. It’s clear The Flash is a solid movie worth watching, and it’s by far one of the best movies in the current DCEU.
While many reviews have dragged The Flash’s CGI through the mud, it doesn’t warrant a poor rating for the film overall. While some might be distracted by the visuals in the movie, it should be noted that the performances and storytelling in The Flash heavily trump any disdain for the perceived poor special effects. The effects are not bad, not by a long shot. In fact, they look exactly how director Andy Muschietti intended them to look.
The Speed Force, the extradimensional force that allows the Flash to travel so quickly and ultimately through time, is at the center of the unreasonable criticism. As explained by Muschietti, the audience sees what the Flash sees, which will ultimately be distorted given the speed at which he travels. Everything is skewed just as it should be. The lights, the colors, and the textures of the environment Barry sees while inside the Speed Force won’t look like his everyday reality because of the nature of where he is. The CGI in The Flash isn’t bad; critics just don’t understand what it’s supposed to look like.
The Flash Resets It All
As James Gunn and Peter Safran take over DC Studios and reset the universe and its storylines, it remains unclear whether this current iteration of the Flash will be included. Gunn has stated that The Flash will reset the entire DCU (DC Universe) as he and Safran move forward with their vision, which means the door might be open in the future.
Nonetheless, whether Miller returns as the title role, The Flash is a fantastic film worth watching in the theater and deserves a lot more than its current score on Rotten Tomatoes.