This Is It
Michael Jackson's last moves
Michael Jackson's This Is It hit theaters late Tuesday night and the reviews are decidedly mixed. The New York Times calls it "a carefully packaged, multiplatform pseudo-event," and a "sheer spectacle of colossal posthumous exploitation." The indiscreet kowtowing to countless money-mongering interests aside, however, the movie does offer fans a peak at the man behind the controversy, if only from a distance.
Jackson is rarely filmed close up, leaving those curious about his health to draw their conclusions from his still-impressive dance moves. But the film does answer those who doubted his comeback. The Associated Pressreports that Jackson's dancing and voice still dazzle, even when he's conserving himself for full-out London performances that never were.
The movie is certainly more concert film than backstage insight. Although it will leave much to be desired for those hoping for more personal revelations, it is, by all accounts, a deserving tribute to our greatest entertainer. The most difficult part of the film, The Los Angeles Timessays, is the cruel teaser of what those shows could have been.
The title couldn't be more appropriate.