This Is It?

So here we have it, four months after Michael Jackson’s tragic death a feature length film chronicling the dress rehearsal footage in preparation for his string of shows that were meant to played in the London O2 arena from the end of July onward. But as the very last performance footage of the late King of Pop, is Michael Jackson’s This is It a fitting swansong to his legacy? In short, the answer is yes.

To be perfectly honest I was initially sceptical of watching the film as I had become sick of the media attention surrounding Jackson’s death. I felt it was about time his family were left alone and he was allowed to rest in peace. It was the least he deserved given the impact he brought to pop music. But a few of my friends highly recommended that I see the film and, since I had a ticket to see one of these shows myself at one stage, I decided that it may be a good idea to see what the world has missed out on. So this morning I treated myself to two whole hours of the legend that is…Michael Jackson.

Putting his personal life aside for the purposes of this blog entry and focusing only on him for his musical talents the man certainly still had it and gave it 110% even at the rehearsals. From Thriller to Black and White, Beat It to Man in the Mirror, you could see that Jackson had lost none of his talent in both singing and dancing and that the show he was going to bring to London would be a sensation to both the eyes and the ears. His show was going to be a spectacle filled with extravagant set pieces and videos (particularly Smooth Criminal, Thriller and The Earth Song), amazing dance sequences and, above all, pop songs that were second to none. After a few setbacks in attempts to comeback into the music scene these shows would have without a doubt thrust the singer back into stardom.

Not just focusing on Michael Jackson himself, the film features interviews with some of the backing vocalists, dancers and stage crew working on the “This Is It” shows. All of them share their enthusiasm for the musician, exclaiming how they wouldn’t be where they are today if not for the King of Pop. And in one of the film’s more touching moments, we see Jackson address all of these people personally telling them that “they are like a family to him”. If you are a Michael Jackson fan, go and see it this film. As unfortunate as the circumstances may be, this film is more than worthy of closing the final chapter in the book that is Michael Jackson.

So is this truly it? I don’t think so. Michael Jackson may be gone, but what he brought music fans all over the world will never be forgotten, and I think musicians and dancers will continued to be inspired by and remember him for many years to come.

But you don’t have to take my opinion on it, there are various other reviews that are worth checking out.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson – 1958 to 2009.

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  1. I was and still am cynical about this film to be honest. I don’t see the appeal in watching his last few weeks being broadcast to me in an attempt to cash in on his death. I completely agree that his family should be left alone now. It has been four months since he died and maybe its about time he was left to rest. I completly understand seeing this film if you had a ticket to the concert, its a chance to see what you are missing. But it did seem to me that pushing himself to 5 months of concerts was a bit foolish and I just have don’t have any interest in watching a man a few weeks before his death pushing himself to the absolute death, which could have contributed to his death. But yes, definitely, rest in peace MJ!

    • I’m not so sure I agree with your comments. If you watch the film you can tell the Michael Jackson is enjoying the rehearsals, and there aren’t any signs of him pushing himself. Of course that could be just what the camera caught, it isn’t like the film had any intention of showing him in a somewhat negative light.

      Michael Jackson was an entertainer, and he loved doing what he did. Don’t watch the film as an attempt to cash in on his death, watch it as a tribute to the undisputed King of Pop.


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