Certainly there are reviews aplenty on our final glimpse of Michael Jackson on film, but just in case anyone has forgotten, I wanted to add my endorsement and encouragement to get thee to a theatre, before it's too late!

I viewed "This Is It" on Monday, in a sparsely attended theatre in the north end of the Bay Area. This film was much better than I had anticipated; I recommend it not only to those who specifically enjoy MJ's music, but to anyone interested in dance or in the production aspects of a show of this magnitude. It is at once a concert film and a documentary, showcasing not only the singing and dancing talents of Jackson and his carefully chosen supporting cast members, but also the considerable technical marvels required to make this big show go.

"This Is It" has a couple of breakout stars who definitely had the break of their lives when they were chosen for this ambitious project. One of them is Australian guitarist Orianthi Pangaris who, in addition to looking conspicuously gorgeous, is competent to handle the Jackson catalog with apparent ease.

Another memorable new face is that of Judith Hill, whose duet with Michael on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" is perhaps the only moment of the film in which MJ is coaxed to sing to the full extent of his abilities, protesting afterward that he has to save his voice for performance.

Jackson himself, bone-thin as always but far from frail, has full creative control of the developing production, with able support from director and choreographer Kenny Ortega. The King of Pop was clearly in charge of his kingdom, the stage.

It is a joy to watch MJ work, crafting every detail of what would surely have been a spectacular concert series. We've never been afforded this privilege before and sadly, we won't be offered it again.

"This Is It" is playing in limited engagement at theatres across the U.S. Do yourself a favor. See it on the big screen.

"This Is It" Movie Trailer

Comments

FullFlavorPike Nov. 4, 2009 @ 11:02 p.m.

That girl with the crazy name is both stunningly beautiful and talented. She will be either loved or hated by all, no more, no less.

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CuddleFish Nov. 4, 2009 @ 11:09 p.m.

Thanks for this AG. I want so much to see this movie, I think you've just persuaded me to make the effort. xxxx

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antigeekess Nov. 4, 2009 @ 11:30 p.m.

"She will be either loved or hated by all, no more, no less."

Yes, poor thing. Beautiful AND talented. God help her if she's smart, too.

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CuddleFish Nov. 4, 2009 @ 11:53 p.m.

God help any woman who's beautiful, talented, and smart.

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SDaniels Nov. 5, 2009 @ 4:01 p.m.

Sounds like god has already helped her ;)

Thanks for this endorsement, AG. Brief convo with "the man" last night:

SD: Heard about the MJ film, "This Is It?"

G: Yeah.

SD: Well, any interest?

G: No.

SD: But it is supposed to be good. All creative aspects of preparing a show, plus some of the show.

G: Hmm. Begins loud clatter in kitchen.

SD: Guess I'll be going with someone else, then!

G: [...] Clatter continues.

EXEUNT.

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antigeekess Nov. 5, 2009 @ 8:58 p.m.

Well, even THIS guy liked it: http://bobandsheri.com/cast/detail.cfm;jsessionid=a630fc2f768d2d5c343f763511633a4e3640?ID=5

And he rates things in Buds (as in Budweiser). "This Is It" got SIX BUDS! He LOVED it!

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SDaniels Nov. 6, 2009 @ 8:10 a.m.

re: #7: They want us to sign up to look :( I hate signing up.

Hey, AG, is your avatar now a depiction of Olivia, splayed out after a dish of cream? :)

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CuddleFish Nov. 6, 2009 @ 10:29 a.m.

Is that Olivia?? ooooh She is a beauty!!! xxxx

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antigeekess Nov. 7, 2009 @ 9:10 p.m.

Re #8 & #9:

Just saw these comments, ladies. Yes, that is the little diva, in all her comatose glory. She's SO much cuter than I am, I thought she deserved a little net exposure.

:)

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SDaniels Nov. 7, 2009 @ 9:23 p.m.

I only wish the adage about people and pets in symbiotic appearance were true when it comes to Mica. Wild mascara'd eyes--naturally. "Maybe he's born with it..."(TM) ;)

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