Michael Jackson's This Is It Movie Review

Since no one will ever see the epic show, the next best thing is this compilation of rehearsal footage for Jackson's 50 planned This Is It concerts in London. And while it's not a particularly remarkable film, it's an entertaining backstage glimpse.

Peppered with vox pops from dancers and musicians, the film takes us through the show from Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' to Man in the Mirror. For most of the numbers, Ortega splices together practice performances from multiple rehearsals, which means that sometimes the sound doesn't match the visuals (although it all seems to be recorded live). And what we see is an astoundingly gifted musician who's perhaps not as robust as he used to be, but still has an extraordinary ease with his voice and body.

The doc's straightforward style covers up some of its careful construction.

Despite the fact that there are supposedly 100 hours of rehearsal footage (recorded for Jackson's private archive), a lot of the screen time is given to the effects work, including the large-scale short films that accompany the big set pieces. Some of these are extremely impressive, such as the way they multiply 11 dancers into a massive gyrating army, a 1940s mash-up placing Jackson into a mob movie with Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth, or when the stage is transformed into a 1960s set for a Jackson 5 medly.

Through all of this we see Jackson working with the dancers, musicians and filmmakers, taking an extremely hands-on approach to the concert and effortlessly demonstrating his physical and vocal fitness. He clearly knows how he wants the music to sound ("You've got to let it simmer, just bathe in the moonlight"). Through all of this he comes across as relatively down-to-earth, fiendishly talented and passionate about his work.

He's also zealous about saving the planet, as seen in the Earth Song film, which sees lush nature turned into an apocalyptic vision of hell and redefines the concert's title. Ortega stresses this heavily, including in one of the post-credit clips, and also indulges in a bit of eulogising the dancers practically worship Jackson as he performs Billy Jean alone on stage. Although, frankly, anyone would cheer while watching that.

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Producer : Paul Gongaware,

Starring : , Travis Payne, , Stacy Walker, Michael Bearden, , Dorian Holley, Patrick Woodroffe


kayanne's picture


He is a liar and a manipulator, cares nothing about people or children, his concerns lie among 17-23 yr olds whom he pimped out and slept with. In return for using them to do fun things and follow someone (why I dont know they did nothing, nor were they kind or even knew what they were doing) but he wanted to sleep with them. So the basis of his conversations were with those of 17-23 and they left friends their own ages to sleep with a 55 yr old man who gave them trips and money and cars (when they became of age) He is a loser

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sledge's picture


He was truly a great man who graced the surface of the earth!

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zen2580's picture


we want to know why conrad murray killed him!!! in first degree!!!! why is he not in in jail!!! waiting for trial!!! we want to know the truth !! whats the cover up!! ?? where are the security tapes in his room?? why was he murdered??

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Michael Jackson's This Is It Rating

" OK "

Rating: PG, 2009


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