Date Move Of The Week: This Is It
Despite all the controversy that surrounded Michael Jackson, this film shows beyond doubt that the man was crowned “The King Of Pop” for a reason: A combination of innate talent and tireless perfectionism. He wasn’t just an extremely gifted musician and dancer, he was also a man with vision who demanded the best, spared no expense and didn’t stop until he was satisfied 110% that is was perfect.
The 50 concerts he would have performed at the O2 Center in London would have been a terrific show. What remains is backstage footage, shot for Michael, that has been repackaged and released in an attempt to show fans what the concert may have been like and that the title “King of Pop” was deservedly earned over the course of his entire life.
If you are a Michael Jackson fan, or know of someone who is, take them as a date becuase this is a must see. Depending on where you are, this movie may run for another few days or has already stopped being featured.
Michael Jackson’s perfectionism fails him in This Is It, and we’re all the better for it. What we see in this unmissable two-hour concert film, culled from 120 hours of digital-video footage of Jackson rehearsing for a promised comeback that ended with his death at age 50 on June 25th, is a world-class performer trying to make the MJ on stage match the MJ in his head. Watching his struggle is illuminating, unnerving and unforgettable…
…Jackson just going through the motions puts other performers to shame. And, oh, could that man move. The editing gives us Jackson performing the same number on different days in different clothes. But the film still feels vital and thrillingly alive. In this transcendent tribute to a performing artist flying without a safety net, death holds no sway over Michael Jackson. His soul is still dancing.