Miles Scott, a 5-year-old leukemia patient makes a wish “to be the real Batman.” The wish is granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation, a nonprofit organization. San Francisco transforms into Gotham City for one day as Miles fights crime alongside Batman in a Batmobile. #BatkidBegins becomes viral on social media, as celebrities, politicians, and everyday people support a movement to return to Miles a bit of his childhood that was robbed by cancer. ‘Batkid Begins’ hit theaters on Friday, June 26. The documentary was rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America.
RogerEbert.Com rated the film 2.5/4. Metacritic gave the film a Metascore of 64 based on reviews by 11 critics. It received 6 positive reviews and 5 negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes rated the film 77% on its Tomatometer with an average rating of 6.9/10 based on 31 reviews. It received 24 Fresh reviews and 7 Rotten reviews. The film runs for 1 hour and 27 minutes.
‘Batkid Begins’ stars Miles Scott as Batman, Eric Johnston as Batman, Or Oppenheimer as Catwoman, Ron Oppenheimer as Superman, Mike Jutan as The Penguin, Philip Watt as The Riddler, Hans Zimmer, Naomi Kyle, Ama Daetz, Sue Graham Johnston, Teresa Clovicko, Greg Suhr, Christopher Verdosci, Nick Scott, Jen Wilson, Mike De Jesus, Audrey Copper, Ej Johnston, Ed Lee, Stefania Pomponi, Natalie Scott, Katie Cotton, and Bary Kendall.
The film was directed by Dana Nachman and edited by Kurt Kuenne. ‘Batkid Begins’ was written by Dana Nachman and Kurt Kuenne. It was produced by Liza Meak and Dana Nachman. Cinematography is by Don Hardy Jr. Sound is by Tom Boykin, Kurt Kuenne, and Dan Snow. Animation is by Sean Foley and Rob Simmons. Music is by Joe Barham and Malia Hall. Cameras were handled by Barton Bishoff, Paul Shannon, Jake Stein, Adam N. White, and Ian Williamson. The production companies behind the film are KTF Films and New Line Cinema. It was distributed by Warner Bros.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes:
“The film will restore one's faith in humanity, at least during its running time,” wrote Sheri Linden from Los Angeles Times.
“It emphasizes just how much effort went into pulling the day together, and it's a fitting tribute to the volunteers who went above and beyond to bring a little boy's dream to life,” wrote Devan Coggan from Entertainment Weekly.
“The editing is ruthlessly efficient, and some of the talking-heads scenes are dramatized via lively comic-book renditions that lend visual panache. All the characters grab you, not just the kid,” wrote Tim Appelo from TheWrap.
“A fascinating look at how a true event can become a media event - and how courting the media can have good and bad results so mixed up that it's hard to know where the good influence stops and the corrupting influence starts,” wrote Mick LaSalle from San Francisco Chronicle.
“Tears will be shed, many of them surely genuine. Yet there's still something about this oversize spectacle, and Miles' ultimate place in it, that gives nagging pause,” wrote Keith Uhlich from AV Club.
“The film isn't really about young Miles (whose cancer is today in remission) but about all of us, about our bottomless capacity to do good and our shared love of little kids, big dreams, and Batman,” wrote Kyle Smith from New York Post.
“Batkid Begins" doesn't have answers for our many troubles, nor will it change the world, but it provides hope for humanity, and that's something we surely need to see more of right now,” wrote Randy Myers from San Jose Mercury News.