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Let's travel back in time to January, 1940 when Flash first appeared in a comic book. Since then we've seen Flash in The Flash TV series that came out October 7, 2014. And now The Flash is on the big screen! This film is packed with action, comedy and many warm messages.

The film opens with Barry Alen (Ezra Miller) at a coffee shop and, as danger arises we see the fascinating way he turns into the Flash. With Barry's dad in jail, balancing the life of being a superhero and suffering the loss of his mother, Barry gets worked up and discovers he has the ability to go back in time. He takes advantage of this new skill and accidentally changes the course of history. Barry becomes trapped in a new reality where General Zod is blood thirsty and wants to take over. He needs to create a new Justice League to fight back and undo what he's done in hopes of returning to his normal life.

I like this film very much. I'm not huge on superheroes, but nonetheless I've always found them interesting. Despite not having much knowledge of superheroes and the DC universe I understood almost everything. There is a lot going on. Luckily the film keeps you captivated throughout and the story line is easy to follow. I love the cast! Especially outstanding are the appearances by Wonder Woman, Batman and especially Supergirl! Ezra Miller's portrayal of Barry Alen is terrific. Ezra plays a younger version of Barry as well as an older version. He really touches into the youth of his character and his contrast of the two personalities is terrific. Sasha Calle is the very first Latina to play Supergirl and plays her beautifully. She definitely is my favorite character in this film. And of course, huge kudos to Andy Muschietti, the director of this fantastic movie.

The film's message that spoke to me is that our past is meant for us to learn and grow from, not to go back and change it. Be aware that there are brief sexual references, some nudity and some harsh language.

I give The Flash 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Don't miss The Flash when it opens in theaters and on MAX June 16, 2023.

By Zoe C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 14

If you're looking for a thrilling movie full of action, twists and turns and a fun plot, I suggest you watch The Flash. It features all that and more.

The film follows Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), better known as The Flash, a superhero with abilities to run at impossible speeds. After learning his powers can be used for time travel, he changes the tiniest detail in the life of his mom (Maribel Verd´┐Ż) to ultimately save his whole family. He then arrives back to find that he has altered the future completely and is now trapped in a different reality, along with the current version of himself. In an attempt to recreate the moment he received his powers for this version, Barry loses his own. Now stuck in this new reality, how will he fix the mess he has created and defeat General Zod (Michael Shannon), who has come for superman?

While time travel storylines are common, the play this movie puts on it is very unique and exciting. When Barry is running and can see all the past moments of his life it is such a cool idea and the film's editors bring it to life in their own special way. Barry shares a really great relationship with his mom, which isn't focused on a lot in the movie but, when it is featured the actors execute the scene so perfectly and with so much heart and soul. Ezra Miller gives a spectacular performance as both versions of Barry. He shows off both the childish and mature traits of both characters, with lots of different viewpoints of them. I must give lots of credit to the writers because the script is fantastic. The only thing holding this movie back is the distracting CGI in some scenes. My favorite part of the movie is a very emotional scene that is shared between Barry and his mom while he is in disguise. The scene is really sweet to watch and the emotion is conveyed throughout the screen.

The film's message is that everything happens for a reason. Barry's personality is shaped by some of the traumatic events that happened in his life; he tries to erase them which changes his life entirely. It just goes to show that everything in your life has made you the person you are today and you should not regret those situations that formed you, even if they did hurt a bit.

I give The Flash 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It releases in theatres June 16, 2023.

By Kendall B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The Flash is a truly rollicking, high-speed adventure through the multiverse loaded with action and countless heroes from all over the DC universe, and is equally adept at slowing down to linger on moments of humor and emotion throughout. It's this approach to telling such a large-scale, densely plotted story that makes The Flash not just a good superhero movie, but just a good movie.

The storyline follows the titular speedster, known as Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), a fidgety, nervous forensic tech who's struggling to balance everything he's got going on. When he's not off helping the other members of the Justice League with their many adventures, he's scrambling to make things work on time and fumbling his way through small talk with a former crush from college. All the while, he is haunted by the death of his mother and the father he lost as a result, locked up for a murder he didn't commit. It's a pretty standard character setup, but the story ramps up when, in a moment of sadness, Barry discovers he can rewind time by running at a speed faster than light. From there, he attempts to reverse his mother's death, even at the caution of Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman (Ben Affleck) that things can go out of control if time is manipulated. Barry succeeds in ensuring that his mom lives, but is thrust into a new universe with a different Batman (Michael Keaton) and no super-humans to avert a familiar, cosmic threat. He must also reckon with a wholly new, unanticipated obstacle: a different version of himself (Ezra Miller).

I had a good time - I laughed; I oohed and ahhed; and I was moved. It turns out that the key to keeping these DC movies, maybe not fresh but lively, is just making them as much of a blast as this one is. The Flash isn't an origin story per se, but delves into the concept of origin. This is where so much of the friction of the film is derived. Are our greatest heroes supposed to accept that they are inevitably borne out of tragedy? And if they can change what made them the way they are, should they? Multiverses are everywhere in films right now, but The Flash uses the concept to ask new questions of established heroes and test the limits of their selflessness. As the film develops, Christina Hodson's screenplay becomes a victim of its own ambition - there is a loaded roster of heroes and villains: Batman, Supergirl, The Flash, General Zod, making a return from his memorable appearance back in Man of Steel. It sometimes becomes too much to bear and there are points where it's difficult to remember whose movie this is.

The lesson of The Flash is that we can't change the past, so we must accept it. When Barry changes the past, the universe radically transforms -- a metaphor for how we must accept what's happened to us, rather than dwell on the past to the point that we deny ourselves a pleasant future. Be aware that there is some brief violence and some foul language.

I give The Flash 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. The Flash zooms into theaters June16, 2023.

By Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

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Worlds collide in "The Flash" when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian... albeit not the one he's looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry's only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?
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