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The Flash (2023) movie review and synopsis.

Unfortunately, The Flash also has a counterbalancing tendency to undermine its best self. Although it cleverly translates Shelley’s concerns into contemporary comic book terms, it serves to answer fan clamor for other versions of heroes and villains from film and television, seemingly for no other purpose. than to glorify Warner Bros. properties and make audiences. point to the screen and whisper the names of actors, characters, movies, TV shows and comic books they know. Batman, Batman, Batman, Batman, Superman, Superman, Superman, Superman, Flash, Flash, Flash, etc., continue to feature scenes set in the Chrono-Bowl, a space shuttle station with a design that alludes to the gears of clock, concentric rings of chopped trees, theater-in-the-round and a courtyard.

And instead of finding a clever, humble way to reuse library footage from previous DC comics adaptations like In the Line of Fire, it made do with footage of a more Clint Eastwood. re from “Dirty Harry” – the actors who originally played them. many of whom are long dead have been scanned (or reconstructed) as vaguely three-dimensional but uncanny grotesques, like Madame Tussaud’s wax figures housed in audio-animatronic dolls. Recall the process that “resurrected” Peter Cushing in “Star Wars: Rogue One” and later served for an even more disturbing “new Carrie Fisher” in the climax, paving the way for a “young Mark Hamill” almost expressionless in ” The Mandalorian”. ,” and aging 70s movie stars for various legacy sequels? Here the anxiety is compounded and multiplied, even though the technology has not improved much.

The film’s main cast also gets the CGI zombie treatment in the Chrono-Bowl, to visualize alternate realities. Some of the versions of these real, live actors with SAG cards and regularly updated IMDb pages look a little demonic. The bodies and hands are not anatomically reliable. One has eyes that point in opposite directions like a cuckoo. Were deadlines rushed and digital effects artists exploited until quality control disappeared—a problem throughout the entertainment industry—or is the technology just not there yet? And even if it ever “gets there,” won’t it ever seem a (digital) step removed from wrapping a mannequin in cadaver flesh? Doing this sort of thing in a purely animated format raises such concerns. Everything in an animated comic adaptation is a drawing inspired by other drawings, and therefore a representation of something that isn’t meant to look “real”. Not so much in live-action. “Hey, this is actor X!” He lets out, “He looks kind of bored and unreal,” and the spell breaks.

What a mess. And what a shame, because what’s good about The Flash is very good. The film thinks too much about what it wants to say and not enough about how it says it. It strongly warns against one thing while simultaneously making a version of the same thing. Barry, driven by the desire to raise the dead, wrestles with the ethics and advisability of the actions the film constantly takes, in ways small and large, without breaking a sweat.

Opens Friday, June 16.

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