Begins (2015/Warner DVD)
B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: B
Begins is a new documentary about the largest Make-A-Wish
Foundation dream ever staged: the wish to become Batman for a day.
you see special interest segments on the news, I'm sure you saw a lot
of buzz online about Miles Scott and the huge event when it happened
last year but here it's really laid out how massive of a project this
really was and to what lengths it took to make the event possible.
Scott is a cancer survivor from Northern California that was
diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of leukemia, or cancer
of the white blood cells characterized by excess lymphoblasts... at
18 months old! In chemotherapy treatment for several years, he is
now in remission, and the celebration is in honor of his completing
by an incredible turnout of millions (who learned of Miles through
several social networking outlets) came to cheer him on as Batkid in
downtown San Francisco (which was Gotham City for the day) and helped
make an ill child's impossible dream a reality.
started as a peaceful morning with Miles Scott and his family in a
'Gotham City' hotel room, soon became a call to action when Batman
himself knocked on the door and asked Miles for his help in fighting
off two villains in the city that are causing chaos, The Riddler and
The Penguin under his secret alias of 'Batkid'. A bank is under
attack and the San Francisco Giants mascot, Lou Seal, has been
took part in these staged events and received the key to the city
from San Francisco mayor Ed Lee. President Obama and other elected
officials and representatives from law enforcement also took part,
and the San Francisco Chronicle, the city's main newspaper, produced
a "Gotham City Chronicle" in honor of the efforts with the
headline "Batkid Saves City: Hooded hero nabs Riddler, rescues
damsel in distress."
film shapes our young hero very well with a little on his background
and interviews with his family. Some of the most amusing parts of
the documentary are the interview tidbits where you see how genuinely
shocked everyone was by how flawless and unprecedented the massive
event turned out to be with incredible contributions. Batkid
Begins has a positive message and shows that there are still good
people out there.
in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of
1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, Batkid Begins
looks and sounds fine for the DVD format but, as with many releases,
would look even better on Blu-ray disc.
extras, sadly, with the exception of some trailers before the
presentation including DC's Batman Vs Superman (the first
teaser) and a sneak peek at the upcoming Lego Dimensions
Begins is a nice little documentary and a great demonstration of
human kindness and shows an incredible display of affection and
collaboration by Make-A-Wish. There's even talks about a feature
film in development with Julia Roberts attached.
James Harland Lockhart V