Wednesday, July 15, 2015

'Batkid Begins' - The Best Batman Movie Ever?

Review of the documentary, "Batkid Begins."
Batkid (Miles Scott) and Batman (Eric Johnston) save the day in San Francisco.
(Warner Bros.)

Movie Review


We are all fairly familiar with the organization, Make-A-Wish. For the most part, these people work hard to give seriously ill children a chance to do anything they want. Some ask to go to Disneyland. Others want to meet their favorite baseball player. But what do you do when your client wants to be Batman for a day? You give him the world.

Batkid Begins is directed by Dana Nachman and was written by Kurt Kuenne. It is a thoroughly entertaining documentary that follows 5-year-old Miles Scott, a cancer survivor, and the large group of people who went to work making his fantasy a reality. Initially, the project wasn't supposed to be that big. Make-A-Wish thought if they could get 200 people to volunteer, that would work out just fine. They wanted a crowd after all. Instead, what they got were thousands of volunteers wanting to help.


In a very short time frame, the Make-A-Wish people were able to recruit a “Batman” (Eric Johnston) to lead the younger “Batkid” (who in turn recruited his friends to be villains and his wife to become a damsel in distress), find a Batmobile, get the city of San Francisco to transform itself into Gotham City and to shut down many streets for the day, get the local news to create “breaking news” stories, recruit the mayor to play, etc., etc. etc. Soon, she was getting calls from celebrities and from people from across the country wanting to fly in for the occasion and shout “Help us Batkid!”

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