After many years of waiting and an avalanche of behind-the-scenes controversies, The Flash solo movie is finally here, mere months before the DC Extended Universe closes up shop for good and James Gunn's new DC Universe effectively replaces it.
As such, it's a film placed in a tricky spot - attempting to sell itself as a superhero blockbuster worth getting invested in, even while it's common knowledge that it's heading into a narrative dead-end, given that this is likely the last time we'll see Ezra Miller in the role of Barry Allen for several reasons.
But on its own terms, away from future plans and Miller's off-screen conduct? The Flash is a decently fun if plenty-flawed time that's neither as great as you might've hoped for nor the disaster many pegged it as pre-release.
A solidly middle-tier entry into the DCEU which soars effortlessly above the likes of Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984, and Black Adam, but can't get close to, say, the original Wonder Woman or The Suicide Squad, this is an undemanding multiversal jaunt that's moderately enjoyable while you're watching it, even if there's little here likely to stick with you for long.
With that in mind, first here's what The Flash gets wrong...