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Legends of the Knight

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Stirring docu sees superhero as powerful motivator for good.

Movie NR 2013 76 minutes
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Well structured, well shot, and well edited, this film provides a substantive way of seeing a passion for Batman as a means of empowerment in a world of powerlessness. Some of the stories are funny, some heartwarming, some awe-inspiring. Some are tales of children (including die-hard kids in adult bodies who refuse to give up their childhood devotion); others are adults whose fond memories constantly remind them of the impact Batman had upon their lives. Particularly touching are Tina and Kye, mother and son dealing with the boy's leukemia; Cary, a chaplain with an easy manner and wonderful way of expressing his kinship with the superhero; and Jill, a woman with muscular dystrophy who has exceeded all expectations for her. The viewer can't help but respond to the spirited Petaluma Batman and the ever-committed Lenny, who is spending his considerable fortune on making a difference in as many lives as he can.

For folks already steeped in the psychological and sociological implications of superheroes, Legends of the Knight may seem to be a thin study, given its desire to cover so much ground. But for the uninitiated, it's an eye-opener -- a terrific documentary, well worth sharing as a family. It should promote thoughtful discussion and may even inspire a few Batman lovers to clean up their worlds.

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