(Miles Scott, Natalie Scott, Nick Scott, Patricia Wilson, Ed Lee, et al / DVD / PG / 2015 / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Overview: 'Batkid Begins' takes audiences back to November 15th, 2013 - the day San Francisco became Gotham City and an intense outpouring of spontaneous support reverberated around the world. On one day, in one city, the world came together to grant one 5-year-old his wish. That little boy was Miles Scott, who is recovering from leukemia, and dreamed of becoming Batkid. A simple wish, which started with the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, grew into people around the world actively cheering Miles on including President Obama and on-screen superheroes.
DVD Verdict: My goodness. In a world filled with bad news, I'm so happy to introduce my young kids to this incredible, heartwarming, heartbreaking film - that subsequently entertained them and showed them that people can be good. As an adult, I quickly forget how dreams and imagination are the seat for a world where there can be hope. Watching 'Batkid Begins' as an adult my mind drifted to thinking about how much money was spent on the movie. Then I saw how happy my kids were sitting next to me and immediately I saw the bigger picture. The amount of money spent on the film was proportionally small when compared to the impact the film had on terms of awareness for a good cause.
Much more money is spent on ad campaigns for commercial products or even political views that do not improve our quality of life or bring people together for a positive cause. The events and the cause in the film were very positive. The fact that it grew to such a large scale was due to the fact that thousands of participants dedicated their own time out of compassion. It was basically a vote that was cast by the participants to say I will try to make this a better world instead of sitting and complaining.
The symbolism is never lost throughout the film as we watch a kid dress up as his favorite mythical hero who represents hope in a time of darkness. The film was a very rare success for both adults and children and showed how people from everywhere can come together to make our world better. Hope is a powerful force. I beg you to not only watch this film, but to watch it with your young children also. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but sadly does not come with any Special Features.
'BATKID BEGINS' arrives onto DVD on October 6th ... or Own It Early on Digital HD on September 25th!
'Badkid Begins' Trailer