Look Out Gotham: Here Comes Batkid!

FTC Statement: Reviewers are frequently provided by the publisher/production company with a copy of the material being reviewed.The opinions published are solely those of the respective reviewers and may not reflect the opinions of CriticalBlast.com or its management.

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
StumbleUpon icon
Del.icio.us icon
Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Batkid Begins Batman Make-A-Wish Foundation San Francisco

BATKID BEGINS isn't an overly lengthy documentary. However, it did take me several atempts to watch it. I blame a manufacturer's defect in the disc, that caused the image to go blurry after five minutes or so of watching it (and which somehow made everything else I looked at blurry as well until I wiped my eyes).

Okay, I admit it -- I'm turning into a lachrymose old softie in my old age. Part of it has to do that I have a young boy of my own now, and when I see stories like this it's easier to put myself into their roles.

The story centers on young Miles, a little boy diagnosed with leukemia. During his treatment, he ends up qualifying for the Make-A-Wish program, and his wish is to be the real Batman. Superhero wishes are things that Make-A-Wish has worked out in the past, but this time they decided to think big -- and transform San Francisco into Gotham City for a day.

However, once the story started getting around, it went from a big idea to an enormous phenomenon. Social media took up the banner of #SFBatkid, and soon tens of thousands of people were thronging the streets to see Miles -- in full bat-regalia (and owning it!) -- driving with Batman to save a damsel in distress, stop the Riddler's robbery, and save mascot Lou Seal from the Penguin...all before bedtime and being presented with the key to the city by the mayor.

It's a feel-good story, overall, and one that documents a milestone in the history of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It also speaks to the innate goodness in the hearts of people worldwide, serving to restore a flagging faith in humanity. And, of course, it's another example of how the mythology of Batman reaches out to so many people, young and old alike.

It's a wonderful documentary that takes you behind the scenes of how this global event came to be. But have the tissues at the ready.

Grade: 
4.5 / 5.0