Documentaries manage to tell some of the most intriguing and sometimes most complex stories out there. There has been so many made to date that it is more about execution than the film itself. The latest, Batkid Begins takes on one of the most publicized Make a Wish moments in recent years, but does it capture the events effectively or will you feel like you just saw the same report on the news?
Batkid Rises takes on one day, in one city, where the world came together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. This story was such a big deal that you had to be living under a rock to not have heard about it. While they gave all the details throughout all the varying news reports this film takes you further behind the scenes on how this amazing event was put together. Here they have stuck to a pretty generic formula to tell their story, but for what they are showcasing that is all they need. Where the world saw the events unfold there was so much behind the scenes that went into making this happen. The adventure of Batkid was an inspiration to human nature, but seeing it here with how many people were involved and the reaction the world had to the event makes it all the more inspirational. They never took the family throughout this film and tried to make them anymore than what they were and even capped it off with a great moment discussing him getting grounded and how he has now moved on to daily life like nothing ever happened, but seeing him walk around throughout the film you can see it left something in him for a lifetime.
Some of the best moments of the film aren’t even when they are going through the event itself, but the set up and discussions on what to do. The sheer excitement of those involved is inspirational, but seeing their training session at the superhero training camp was some of the most entertaining moments and ones that looked like they meant the most to the young boy. Whether you followed it on the news or not, everyone should check out this great documentary as it will surely put a smile on your face.
Join his fight against evil and cancer when Batkid Begins hits DVD on October 6th from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.