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A behind-the-scenes film that shows Michael Jackson getting ready for his would-be London O2 shows released on October 28, 2009.

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  • Aug 13, 2011
Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Like a lot of other people I grew up with the sights and sounds of Michael Jackson, with that I mean that I was born in the same year as him. His music always intrigued me and I have enjoyed hearing the music from thriller and all of the albums that he put out. But, with the death of MJ he was just as big as Elvis Presley. Why are all of the really talented artist taken from us early, and why is it that more times than not it has to do with drugs. Michael Jackson’s life was unhindered by controversies. With the accusations of child molesting a couple of times and everyone around him trying to get their hands into the pot of gold that MJ offered if you were employed by him, Michael remained the humble self that I remember his as I was growing up. This movie was just one example of his kindness and eccentricities that he had. He may have been weird in a lot of eyes around the world but all he wanted was to take care of his kids and show them how to treat the things that God has given us.

I finally got a chance last night to see this spectacular film about his show “This Is It”. I know that it has been a while that this has been out but I saw mixed reviews about this movie I decided to hold off seeing it until it came out on a movie channel. Well, last night was when I finally got a chance. It was showing on Starz movie channel and while I was flipping through all of the channels I happened upon it and told my wife to stop and lets see what all of the hubub was about. I was only going to peek at it a little and the next thing I knew was that we were watching the whole movie. This documentary about a 50 show concert tour was very interesting to say the least. Originally this tour was scheduled to last from July of 09 to March of 2010, but that was cut short by his untimely death on 6-25-09. All of his shows were cancelled and they made this documentary of his special talent of being an artist.

Not knowing what to expect when we flipped to the proper channel, we got the first hand look at the way that he interacted with all of his entourage. During the documentary they showed how all of the scenes were gone through by all of the musicians and dancers. They also showed the special costumes that were going to be worn by the great MJ and how and who they had to consult with to get these special costumes made for him. They has to collaborate with different very high profile designers to get everything just right for MJ. During this documentary you will not be disappointed with the music that you hear. I counted 20 of MJ’s songs that just amazed me. These include; “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, “Jam”, “The Drill”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, “Human Nature”, “Smooth Criminal”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “I’ll Be There”, “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Thriller”, “Beat It”, “Black or White”, “Earth Song”, “Billie Jean”, “Man In The Mirror”, “This Is It”, “Heal The World”. I may have missed some songs but this is all of the ones that I knew.

This documentary shows the human and touching side of MJ that a lot of people may have mistook as weird, but deep down inside all of us there lives some part or type of MJ’s persona. If you were to look into a mirror you will see that all of us want to be like MIKE, in some way shape or form but were to afraid to show it, In this movie he shows that we all have kids inside of us and that if given a chance that inner child would come out. This movie also showed how many people it actually took for MJ to become so famous. He did not do this all on his own but he was a very big part of the show. This also shows that all of the people that he employed and you are not just talking about a few dozen, there were probably a few hundred people that depended on him to put on a good show.

This is not about MJ bosssing a bunch of people around, but on the contrary it shows that you need greatness to make greatness. So, all of the people surrounding MJ had to be just as good as MJ to be in the show. All though on the other hand, as they would not be able to exist without MJ, it is also true that MJ could not exist without them. From the lowest form of dancers to the highest form of special effects guys that it took to create the spectacular pyrotechnics part of the show, this will show you how much of a perfectionist that MJ was.

As they go through this show they also have people inserted and tell you how special MJ really was. The media gave the regular public the idea that he was a nut or a weirdo, but, to the contrary I got the impression the he was kind and always treated everyone especially kids to the way of a childhood that he had never experienced. He may have had a rough childhood growing up in the streets of Gary Indiana but the strict upbringing that he had showed in this show. The physical endurance that he showed when the band wanted to call it a day, only showed that he was a perfectionists. He would only push as hard as he would push himself. This documentary hopefully put all of those naysayer’s to rest, that MJ was a great artist and that he would never harm the hair on an ant let alone harm any children. This is to bad that his reputation was tarnished by the greedy and all of the officials that just wanted to be around because of his money. The doctors should have had his best interest at heart instead of trying to line all of their pockets. We might still have MJ around if the doctors that took that solemn oath to save MJ instead they would take advantage of his good nature.

This movie will open your eyes as to how sensitive MJ really was. All he wanted was to make everyone appreciate what was around people on a daily basis. He did this through the words of his songs, and his actions on stage. The rigorous way that he treated himself was astounding, he would not take a break until he thought that, that part of the show was exactly perfect. This movie was great and I think that if we had more people out there that thought like MIKE then we could save a lot more of the children across the globe.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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August 17, 2011
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review by . March 03, 2010
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I was finally able to see this "highly anticipated" film once it came out on DVD.  Overall I would recommend this film to anyone that has any interest in Michael Jackson and his music.      Experience Overall my experience with This Is It was great! To me it was unreal when Michael Jackson passed away. I can’t say I was a diehard fan, but I definitely can say I was big fan. His music always made me want to get up and dance. When I heard his songs, they …
review by . June 24, 2010
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With Michael Jackson's children in mind, they lost a wonderful father, and I, along with other fans, have lost a true musical genius, a man whose generosity is unsurpassed, and a gentle soul who loved everyone.      I saw This Is It when it first came out in the theater; I was so excited to see this masterpiece that Kenny Ortega had put together so quickly.  When the DVD came out, I bought that too and have watched it several times since.      I admit, …
review by . October 30, 2009
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@Nando1 and I went to go see "This Is It" yesterday. I LOVED IT! I do wish that it was more like how the show would've been since they had the footage but, I also really liked that you get to see Michael as he was. Now, my disclaimer that I thought of after reading @KevinTRod's review, I am not a professional reviewer nor, even though I studied film, do I ever pay extra attention to the technical aspects of a film. It has to be a pretty obvious error for me to even …
review by . November 07, 2009
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review by . October 29, 2009
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Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
reminded me what a talent we've lost, despite the oddities; gives a glimpse into a troubled and complex mind
review by . June 13, 2010
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THIS IS IT is now all there is. Watching this film in the DVD format in the home strikes many chords for almost every viewer. Michael Jackson's life was made far too public and this brief recording of the preparations for his final tour sets much straight about why he was such a remarkable talent. It allows us to forget all the raucous press that hounded him during his life and simply watch Michael Jackson doing what he did best - perform. Some of his gifts can be listed. Creative body language …
review by . May 14, 2010
Real-life thriller
The rehearsals for Michael Jackson's last tour were filmed and provide a stunning look at a superstar entertainer and consummate professional at work. We see him sing and dance many songs along with the special effects that contributed so much to the dynamic show. The film itself is more home movie than documentary; comments from the show staff come later in the extras.       I hadn't followed Jackson's life for years and assumed he was past his prime, but this film completely …
Quick Tip by . March 29, 2010
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Admittedly not the biggest MJ fan but found this to be tedious to get thru. Mostly just liked the stage affects.
review by . October 12, 2009
This Is It
So good to hear MJ!  WOW his tour would have been amazing!  This Is It  is an MJ musical nosegay. His voice is mature, clear with a classic vibe. The tune is jazzy yet ethereal. Best of all you can feel MJ as you hear his finger snapping. Smooth yes. MJ has a lot of living to do thru his music.        
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Michael Jackson's This Is It is a 2009 American concert film documenting Michael Jackson's rehearsals of the concert series of the same name (scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but cancelled because of his death on June 25, 2009), both on stage and behind the scenes. The film shows Jackson mentoring his team for the 50 shows, as well as him creating, developing, and ultimately staging the high-tech performances. The film's director Ortega confirmed that when Jackson had filmed footage of himself rehearsing that he never had the intention of releasing it to the public, but after Jackson's death, it was agreed that the film be made and released for Jackson's fans. The footage was filmed at The Forum and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Despite originally being set for an October 30, 2009, release date, the film's release date was rescheduled for October 28, 2009; due to a strong demand by Jackson's fans. The film was given a wide worldwide release and a limited two-week theatrical run from October 28, to November 12, 2009. Tickets went on sale a month early on September 27, 2009, to satisfy a high anticipated demand.

Since the confirmation of the film, AEG Live had faced criticism mostly consisting of theories that they'd only made the film solely for them to be able to make a profit off Jackson. Multiple members of Jackson's family had confirmed that they didn't support the film and some family members went as far...

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Director: Kenny Ortega
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: 10/28/2009
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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