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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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Tomorrow, June 25, marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic and untimely death.

  • Jun 24, 2010
Rating:
+5
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, you would have to be at least somewhat of a fan to enjoy this movie, but even if you only liked him a little (shame on you!) you would certainly appreciate this movie; it brings new-founded respect to a man who endured so much tragedy and betrayal in his life and yet who never turned his back on anyone despite it all.

Before watching the movie itself, it's a great idea to view the extras first; in different sections, you will meet his wardrobe designer and see the fabulous outfits he would have worn and also when during the concert he would be wearing it.  This young designer was a pure genius and Michael himself came up with the ideas of exactly what he wanted.  Thousands of dollars were spent in jewels on some of the clothes that were described by the designers as "so bright you had to wear sunglasses to use them" - nothing gaudy, just pure beauty.  The Thriller jacket that was designed was pure genius; and unfortunately Michael did not get to see the intricate lining of it where the designer made a surprise embroidered wolf.  Another costume lit up with different colors and was controlled by a remote-type thing - I can only imagine how spectacular this would have been.  I can not describe how wonderful Michael would have looked in these divine clothes and the effect it would have had on the audience.

Another extra section described in detail the special effects that would have been used in this year long London concert.  Details and effects that you would not have known existed or even possible to do.  Michael was proud of the fact that during the concert, he had the largest 3D, HiDef screen in the world behind him - scenes and images and videos of his new family of dancers would continuously be playing while he performed.  It is literally impossible to describe the beauty of it; for instance, during The Earth Song, he wanted a particular waterfall on the huge HD screen behind him; you can only imagine the effect of this in 3D!

Other extras include all who were involved in the tour; from Kenny Ortega, to other directors, producers, musicians and dancers describing Michael personally and about his musical talent and genius.  There was a comment made by Ortega, which I completely agree with, where he says Michael was a true entertainer because while most other singers need special effects to sound good, Michael did not - he was a natural singer, dancer and entertainer - he knew how to control the audience with his talent alone.  So many traits were revealed about Michael, you can't help but respect the man.

Now to the movie itself:  watching Michael rehearse, making sure everything was pure perfection in his soft-spoken gentle way, was emotional for me.  If he needed something done, he asked and then would say "God Bless You" - he also stressed to everyone on set that "We are doing this for love" - he was clearly not motivated by money at all; Michael has always used his God-given talent to make a statement, to try and change the bad happening the world, to help the hungry and poor, and through his music he accomplished more than I believe he thought he did.  Being 50 years old, you may think his dancing may have been a little slower but he still had the energy he always had and he kept up with his new dance crew who were half his age.  I thought that maybe his voice may not be quite up to par since he has not entertained in 12 years, but believe me, he still had it!!  You can see the determination and sacrifice during these rehearsals and I kept thinking "My God, how could he accomplish all this during his horrible fate with addiction?"  Another thing that I appreciate about Michael was his dedication and love for the people who were working with him.  Arrogance and conceitedness were NOT a part of him at all.  He has always used metaphors with his music, but this movie really shows that part of his genius - this is how he reached people.  I felt so sad seeing his excitement and all the work that went into his tour, only for the tour not to happen because of his tragic ending.

I am completely in love with this movie; I do however think it is a crying shame that most of us did not appreciate all that he was until after his death.  I blame this on the bad publicity from the annoying press.  You will see in This Is It that Michael was not strange at all; he was just a brilliant angel who did everything in his power to make the world a better place.  You simply have to see this one! 
Tomorrow, June 25, marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic and untimely death. Tomorrow, June 25, marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic and untimely death. Tomorrow, June 25, marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic and untimely death. Tomorrow, June 25, marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic and untimely death.

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November 10, 2010
This was a great review, Brenda! I couldn't agree more, as you know by now. I'm going to have to get the DVD, I can't believe I don't have it yet but, I can't wait to see the extras. I loved seeing this tour come together and am so sad that it never saw the spotlight of night.
November 10, 2010
Thank you for reading!! The extras are awesome - the wardrobe designs were out-of-this-world, literally, the designer went to the ends of the earth to make sure his costumes were well thought out and matched the songs he would be singing while wearing them. When you get the DVD, I hope you will let me know what you think!!
November 10, 2010
I most certainly will :) Thanks for another awesome review on MJ! I'm curious- what's your all-time fave MJ album? Mine's Off the Wall, which reminds me- I still have to review that ;p
November 11, 2010
I guess I would have to say Thriller as far as a whole album goes. I wrote a list review of my favorite MJ videos and why if you're interested in reading it. Here is the link:  http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/Lists-450-...AEL_JACKSON_VIDEOS.html   Thanks for the reply!!
 
June 28, 2010
Really fantastic review, Brenda! I've always been fascinated with MJ. There is no other entertainer out there like him. I need to see this to learn the other facets of him. Thanks so much for sharing!
June 29, 2010
You're so welcome devora -- I have also made a list of favorite MJ videos also. I am a die-hard fan and I hope that when you see This Is It, you will please let me know what you thought of it!!
June 29, 2010
Will do, Brenda! :)
 
June 24, 2010
excellent write up! I really enjoyed your take on this film; methinks I'll have to get myself a copy of the dvd. That is some real good info about the Thriller Jacket--I didn't know that. Jackson may have been controversial, but no one can deny that he is the TOTAL entertainer! RIP, Micheal!
June 25, 2010
I hope you do get a chance to see it and tell me what you think about it. There are ooodles of info on the extras that are just so interesting. And you're right, he was and always will be the best entertainer of all time; all because it was second nature to him. Thank you!
 
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review by . March 03, 2010
posted in MJJCommunity
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 . October 30, 2009
posted in MJJCommunity
@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
Too bad
Love him or hate him or even just not understand him, Michael Jackson might have been the most popular name in the world.  The man behind the name, his own 'Man In The Mirror', embodied great talent and equal amounts of flawed struggle.  This documentary showcases preparations for what was shaping up to be a game-changing concert tour.  In that regard, the film focuses solely on the creative force of Michael Jackson.      Ladies and gentlemen, the trailer   …
review by . August 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Surprisingly Interesting Movie
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 …
review by . October 29, 2009
Title: This Is It   Director: Kenny Ortega    Staring: Michael Jackson    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1    Studio: Sony Pictures   Genre(s): Concert/Documentary    Rated:       (For some suggestive choreography and scary images)   Buy From Amazon.com: DVD / BluRay / UMD / Soundtrack / Soundtrack (MP3) / Poster CONSUMER ADVICE Parents, except for Michael's crotch grabbing there's not much to object to here. Recommended …
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in MJJCommunity
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.      http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/b...1&bctid=44135350001        
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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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