Flash: A Superhero Movie with Heart
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FLASH
Beyond the action, the bombast of the multiverse, and multiple cameos, Flash has the potential to win us over for being one of the superhero movies with the most heart. Barry Allen’s (Ezra Miller) odyssey to win back his mother after her fateful death leads him not only to break the order of space and time and face off against some of DC’s most fearsome threats but also on an emotional journey that is difficult for us to forget. The construction of the relationship between Ezra Miller’s character and his mother has been taken care of in every detail, making every interaction meaningful and heartfelt.
But it’s not just the script or dialogues that have achieved this emotional depth. It’s the incorporation of external cultural details that delve into the characters’ identities and essence, connecting us to the heart of the drama. One such detail is the role that a Rosalía song plays in the middle of this emotional game.
The Importance of Emotional Connections in the DC Universe
The DC universe has often struggled to capture the emotional aspects of its characters. Films like Batman v. Superman attempted to showcase the deep connection between the superheroes and their mothers, but fell short in their execution. Flash, directed by Andy Muschietti, corrects this mistake and sets itself apart from other superhero films in the Warner Bros. universe. It understands that simple dialogues and interactions aren’t enough—it’s important to truly touch the hearts of the audience.
Barry Allen’s mother, Nora Allen, portrayed by Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, adds another layer of depth with her Hispanic roots. The use of Spanish-speaking culture reinforces the warmth and closeness between the characters, using popular songs that resonate with the audience. In a flashback scene, Nora Allen shares an emotional dance with her son to the rhythm of Pedro Navaja by Rubén Blades, a song that is deeply ingrained in Latin American culture. The scene works not just because of the song, but also because of the affection between Maribel Verdú’s and Ezra Miller’s characters, growing in sync with the salsa rhythm and evoking a smile.
The Power of Music and Culture
The connection between the characters and their roots is further emphasized at the end of the film, when Flash must make the difficult decision to let go of his mother to restore the original flow of reality. Rosalía’s song, “Yes you knew partner,” plays during this emotionally charged scene, enhancing the impact and creating a wave of tears. The song, with its flamenco influences, brings us back to the Spanish artist’s authentic essence and perfectly aligns with the feelings portrayed on screen.
The lyrics of the song resonate with the situation that Flash and his mother are experiencing, creating a profound connection. Even without understanding the words, the melody alone captures the characters’ affliction, adding to the accumulation of emotions on screen. This attention to detail is what sets Flash apart and elevates it as one of the most emotionally demanding journeys in the superhero genre.
Overall, Flash’s focus on emotional connections, cultural identity, and carefully chosen music makes it a standout film in the DC universe. It not only captures the essence of its characters but also resonates with audiences on a deeper level. Through this attention to detail, Flash demonstrates the power of emotion in superhero storytelling, leaving us eagerly anticipating the next installment in the Warner Bros. superhero universe.
This article was written exclusively for in Spanish by Cine54.
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