Michael Jackson THIS IS IT is it
Well I know you guys were clamoring for it, so here it is! The first ever world wide review on Werewolves On The Moon of the last footage of the King of Pop ever too be seen (save for the million hours of back catalog that I am sure no doubt will see the light of day in the up coming years). Needless to say its a huge build up to nothing but a giant let down of a life taken too soon. That concert would have been fucking amazing.
Lets get this out of the way up front since I know MJ has his haters. If you can sit down and still enjoy Jeffery Jones in Ferris Bueller’s day off, sing along with every parent in the world from any little league game to the Super Bowl “NA NA NANA HEY! NA-NA NA-NA” or talk about Tobey Keith’s patriotism then you still should be able to enjoy Michael Jackson with no questions asked.
Seeing this documentary made me realize just how catchy his music was. Also how they played his music non stop following his death. So I was a bit let down with the sort of half assed performances he gives in the movie. They do not really explain that until about half way through that since these are just run-through’s MJ was saving his voice and body and not going full out. I wish they had said that upfront. Once I was told that it made perfect sense I’ve done some stage work before so I understood it. But at first after hearing all the reports about how healthy and full of life he looked seemed a little off.
What really is amazing about this documentary is how it really is just a fly on the wall approach to the whole thing. Though I highly doubt MJ would have let this sort of footage out if he had still been alive, I don’t think there has ever been a performer this big ever caught on tape with them making mistakes not giving it their all. That’s what made this documentary so fascinating to watch. They could have turned it into just a bunch of talking heads going ON and ON about how great Michael is with minimal clips of the rehearsal (that’s what the DVD extras are). But they keep that all to a minimum, the movie is all about MJ doing his thang.
In the end this unprecedented behind the scenes look of what could have easily been the greatest concert ever is all the movie is. It’s sort of crazy that people actually thought that the movie could easily make over $600 million or some other bizarre amount, its almost an art house movie the way it plays out. If you are not a MJ fan or do not know any of his music then there is no use for you here, this isn’t going to suddenly make you like his music or respect his as a performer. Like the opening credits said, this was for the fans, to let them know that MJ was this kind consummate perfectionist that we all thought he was.
What was kind of odd is that afterward all i could think about was, what the hell are they going to do with all that stuff for the show? Is someone going to end up using it for their own concert? Just how much money was lost in the whole thing? But that’s a different documentary, this is just a great live show documentary that we will probably never seen anything like it ever again. Though maybe with its success, some big name stars (Madonna) may think about doing their own version, but if something like this were to ever be made with the performer still alive their ego would probably get in the way during the editing process.
Now check out this crazy promotional stunt for the DVD release.