This Is It, a new documentary/concert film about the preparations for Michael Jackson’s final concert tour.
Even though I’m only a casual fan of Michael Jackson, I saw this yesterday and liked it a lot. Great music and special effects. It makes me wish he could have lived to do these final concerts, because it looks like they would have been impressive.
I found it interesting that a group of people, including some who were close to Michael during his final days, are asking fans to boycott the movie because of Jackson’s condition during the rehearsals not shown in the film and the possibility that he would have still lived if they had given him medical attention rather than forced him to rehearse. Interesting if true, but it my opinion it doesn’t take anything away from the film itself.
No real interest in seeing it. His biggest hits were from the 80s so he hasn’t been relevant in a long, long time. Would anybody even be interested if the guy hadn’t died?
And from what I’ve heard it fails as a biography since it barely scratched the surface of the guy and it also fails as a concert film since the concert never happened.
A bunch of thrown together footage for the purpose of cashing in on a dead guy, I’ll pass.
Roger Ebert is not *always *a reliable reverse indicator of whether I’ll like a movie or not—that honor presently goes to Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com—but I sure don’t put much faith in his opinion anymore.
I wouldn’t have been interested in seeing Michael Jackson perform live in my own living room. A rehearsal tape interests me even less. A washed up, junkie pederast practicing crotch grabs? Not exactly riveting.
I just saw it and enjoyed it. I would have never spent money to buy a ticket to the concert, so I was able to get an idea of what the concert would have been like for the cost of a movie ticket. Even though I think he was a child molester, he was one hell of an entertainer.
Nope. The guy built and squandered an empire on what was basically one overproduced bit of fluff that landed in the midst of a pop culture change. On top of that, he was a lunatic and a pedophile, and his family is no more sane than he was. I won’t be adding to their fortunes, thanks.
That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read today. I’m not a particularly big Michael Jackson fan, but I have a hell of a lot of respect for a guy who was relevant for a period of time that spanned 3 decades. He was an excellent showman & an extremely talented songwriter.