Sunday, November 1, 2009

This Is It

I went to the movies today (I know right?) and saw the new Michael Jackson documentary This Is It. I didn't really have any expectations and I wanted to see it mostly because I was curious to see what MJ had been working on prior to his death. Let me tell you, if you get the chance, go see it. It's only out for two weeks, so hurry!

It really doesn't matter what you thought about him as a person, Michael Jackson was a performer. An amazing performer. The real tragedy is that all of the effort put into creating his final show was never fully realized. All of the costumers, pyro technicians, sound operators, dancers and singers put in so many hours to create the perfect show, and they never had the chance to perform it. And boy was it going to be one amazing show.

Saying Michael Jackson was talented is a gross understatement; the man was a visionary. His latest take on Thriller, 3D awesome; costume for Beat It, it was going to be incredible; and his army of dancers for "They Don't Care About Us", wow just wow. Visually stunning and to top it off, MJ was in top form. That was not some 50-year-old has been, he was singing and dancing like I always remembered him. I could only hope to be half as spry when I hit 50.

This would have been an incredible show and while the world won't get to see it the way it was originally intended, at least we are able to get a small glimpse of something that can only be described as greatness personified.


ElegantSnobbery said...

Hmmmm... we are going to the movies today... maybe we should see that!

Xanna's Jewelry Box said...

Beautifully stated! Thank you,
Xanna :)

AlyGatr said...

I don't mean to "be hatin'", but I have to wonder how much of that was his genius...or conceived by others...unless the movie shows that. I agree he was a great performer, but I get the feeling other people are making bucks on him, even in his death, not for the sake of his memory, but to bleed every last buck out of the guy. He kind of reminds me of Elvis in that he was everyone else's cash cow and they drove him into the ground doing it. I'd like to say I'd pay to go see it, but I don't want them getting one red cent from me!

Winklepots said...

MJ was incredibly involved and all anyone ever says during the movie is how he has a vision and they need to match that. Quite the perfectionist. I'm sure they compiled the documentary in part to recoup the costs of production and ticket sales, but it's truly amazing to watch the man work. The footage was originally for Michael's own private collection, so it's not something that would have otherwise been shown to the world. In any case, I'm still glad I got to see it. :o) Maybe you'll just have to borrow the dvd from your library. :o)

AlyGatr said...

I'm sure I'll end up seeing it...once it hits "On Demand" :)


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