Michael Jackson's This Is It Reviews
Shot during the final rehearsals before his aborted last tour, this film should be a must for anyone who appreciates music, dance, and all that goes into either form. On display are all the hits, but with subtle musical twists - many of which are choreographed not only with dance but also with film and pyrotechnics. This would have been quite a show, and at the center of it, Michael Jackson was fully in command; knowing the tunes inside out - every little stop and accent and every bit of the production: Michael knew what he wanted and his ideas and concepts were always spot on, knowing from the stage what would make the most impact out in the audience.
Supported by a first rate band (that I can testify to) and wonderful dancers (I wouldn't know Barishnikov from Bozo the clown, so don't take my word for it), this documentary gives you just enough background on how such a production comes into being without getting in the way of the music and the performances.
The sound is first rate - the music has never sounded fuller, but what impressed me the most about this film was the professionalism and humanity of the man himself. For all the tabloids and goofy stuff, here is a gentle soul who seemingly lived and breathed his art. I'm told that he revolutionized dance, and certainly he was the pioneer of the BIG production; where a concert became an event, combining music and dance onstage.
I feel truly sad that I shortchanged the guy - he really was a marvel, and I can now understand the crazed fans - I'm sure that his shows must have raised the roof, and this film is an apt testimony and requiem for a humble, gentle being who was born into the music business, which certainly warped him in some ways - but from watching this film I believe that the tabloids were making money at his expense and am convinced that here was a man who couldn't have hurt a fly - living only to give of his art and himself ... which are synonymous in this case.
it has now been about a year since this came out, and when it first came out i didnt know who the hell ORIANTHI was, i just gave wrote her off as some british bitch trying to sing like shes from Tennessee and shes playing the shit out of her guitar in a movie about Michael Jackson two weeks before she poisons him so people will go "WHOA! Chicks can play guitar, huh?", and now that ive heard her music, i applaud myself for knowing that based on 5 minutes of footage and its just like "PSssshh. screw this bitch. she aint no Carrie Underwood."
This is It consists of never-before-seen rehearsal footage from MJ's planned shows to take place in the O2 Arena in London. Sadly, he died before he could do them. But the breathtaking footage can be seen in the film.
All of Jackson's greatest hits (Thriller, Beat It, Smooth Criminal) are shown here along with proof that he was a real nice person despite the controversies involving him and little kids.
This is It is truly the greatest concert never shown.
"You knock me off my feet right now, baby! HOO!"
Past all the weirdness, the unfortunate situations he was put into, and where his reputation may have fallen down to, what it came down to for Michael Jackson, was that he was an excellent singer and dancer, brought up in the world of entertainment. His passing may have been unfortunate, but the man will certainly remain a legend, which is probably why there is still news popping up related to him.
This documentary captures a lot of footage for what was going to be Jackson's final concert. In it, we see a lot of creativity, the process involved in putting this large scale effort together, and how much of a perfectionist Michael was, when trying to put his show together. What I basically took away from this was that this would have been one pretty amazing concert. 3D, some high quality film production, all these costumes, and a lot of elaborate dance numbers.
As it is just rehearsal footage assembled together, without having a real way to bookend it, beyond some scrolling text, its certainly not any kind of journey to be seen, just a great performer in his element.
Michael Jackson: Let it simmer.
Nate's Grade: C
dancers,singers,choreographers,composers that ever walked the face of this planet. "This is It" shows how Michael was preparing for his series of comeback performances in London, England. His ability to know just what he wanted to hear, see, and most importantly feel shows what a genius he was, and how specific his choices were that made him such a unique talent.
As someone who grew up with his music, I enjoyed every second of this documentary. Even if I'm not too fond of some of his newer songs (like Human Nature, which I think is a bit sub-par for him), the classics are still as great as ever. Even to this day they continue to inspire, energize and move me. That's the power of his amazing music, and I know that 20 years from now, I'm still going to be listening to it. Because there's only one king of pop, and that's a title that no one can ever can take away from him.
A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.
This now somewhat legendary film captures interviews, rehearsal and backstage footage of the preparations of Michael Jackson's fifty sold-out shows in London. The documentary runs just under two hours and for the most part it's all Michael doing his thing on stage. If someone is expecting anything other than a concert film then they're going to be rather disappointed because this film, thankfully, leaves out all the melodrama and instead just takes a look at the music being prepared for what seems like a fantastic show. I can't say I'm the biggest Jackson fan in the world but I still enjoyed this film quite a bit. The lighting, setting and dancing all seemed quite impressive to my eyes and Jackson himself comes off very well here. I think the most fascinating thing about this film is just being able to see all the behind the scenes stuff that goes into making a big production like this. It was fun seeing Jackson sitting back and watching the dancers auditioning for the concerts. It was fun seeing Jackson watching everything come together and we even get some nice moments of him just (apparently) having fun. It's also fun seeing some of the young dancers tell their stories of growing up watching Jackson as a kid and now being able to perform beside him. None of the music sequences are full blow, hard rocking versions since these were just rehearsals but they are certainly good enough to really making you want to dance around. They Don't Care About Us, Thriller, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and especially I'll Be There are the musical highlights. It's doubtful Jackson haters will watch this film and walk away feeling anything different but fans will certainly eat this up and those semi-fans like myself will enjoy seeing all of this but it will lead to an eventual sadness because we'll never know what the actual concerts would have been like.