This Is It

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. Long-time Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) directs.

Rating: 6 out of 10

When I first watched this, I expected it to be nothing but a love letter to Michael Jackson, full of interviews that gushed about his talents and love for the world.

Some of that is touched on, but more than anything, this documentary feels like a home video. And, in fact, that’s pretty much what it was. It was the home videos shot on the making of what should have been Jackson’s final tour. And it would have been a great one.

How will we tell the next generation about Michael Jackson? He was a tremendous talent, his music will live on with the likes of Elvis and the Beatles, yet he clearly had inappropriate relationships with children. I’m torn about how I feel about MJ. On one hand, he’s one of the most gifted human beings — an incredible singer, song writer and performer. Yet, there is so much damning evidence about his illegal and immoral appetites.

This film touches on none of Jackson’s legal troubles. It’s merely a glimpse into the tour he was planning before his death. Because it is a home video there is no narrative. From an audience perspective, it just seems to go on. However, the music and rare glimpses behind stage make it worth watching, no matter how you feel about Jackson as a person.


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