After viewing This Is It, you'll
get a good look at Michael Jackson's rehearsal performance, letting
you see him in his purest form.
If you just focus on his entertainment
ability, I'd have to say he re-energized himself for the big
Even if you're a casual fan, it redeems
him and offers a surprisingly human version of his flawed ability
as a great talent.
This should help reclaim his legend.
Even if it wasn't Michael Jackson, this
film is a brilliant insight into how it's done.
When you go to a concert, you never think
about how much goes into the music, lighting, video, choreography,
and special effects.
Yes, this is a rehearsal -- actually many
rehearsals making up different songs to be staged.
And yes, that is Michael Jackson,
a perfectionist trying to get it perfect.
It's a last glimpse of his genius in action
and too bad really, because you can tell this was going
to be a great concert.
This Is It
is a movie about Michael Jackson rehearsing for a concert that
Kenny Ortega, the director of both the
concert and now the picture had a main goal -- along with the
rest of their team -- to celebrate Jackson's creative genius,
and not to provide fodder for people's fascination with his death.
The flick feels like the half-complete
experience that it is, a mere outline of the excitement that
was to follow for his comeback.
The London concerts were conceived as a
very grand series of onstage music videos, each with a huge,
intricate set that at times involved digital projections, and
each choreographed as a disco-inferno Broadway showstopper.