This is a great book about a little boy who lives in a tiny farming community of Tulelake, California wishes that he could be Batman. He has just completed a round of chemo in his three-year battle with leukemia; his wish reaches the ears of a local Make-a-Wish organizer. On this one day, the whole world got together and granted this one 5-year-old his wish. His wish is one in a million granted often, he wanted to be a batboy. This is a simple request that started out in the Greater Bay Area Make wish Foundation. Grew into people around the world actively cheering Miles on including President Obama and on-screen superheroes.
We know and love makes a wish, our cousin was granted any wishes through them. The idea caught fire on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. and resulted in a phenomenal day in his life, the lives of Make-a-Wish personnel and the happy citizens of San Francisco. In addition, this excellent documentary became a film festival favorite. This is a hard movie to resist. The looks on Miles’ face as he is immersed in the world of Batman can melt the most austere viewer. The documentary is an affirmation of the kindness and empathy of strangers when they know it’s directed to a child who’s gone through tough times.
Patricia Wilson is the Make-a-Wish spark-plug behind the event. She was hoping for “maybe 20 people to pretend to be a crowd.” So he can feel like he was the batboy. I feel like I need to be the super woman sometimes. The San Francisco Opera made the costumes, Apple volunteered its communications team to handle the press, acrobat/inventor Eric Johnson suited up as Batman to accompany Miles on his exploits, “Dark Knight” composer Hans Zimmer supplied music for the event, and San Francisco’s mayor and chief of police enthusiastically acted as if they were running Gotham City.
Even though the events of the day are covered in all their make-believe splendor, director Dana Nachman diligently focuses on Miles, outlining his medical history, the way his cancer threw his family into a tailspin, and the resilience and perseverance it took for the boy to get through his treatment.