After getting back from seeing This is It, it seems there are many more questions than answers on the tragic story of Michael Jackson. The footage culled from the performances leading up to the shows that never were show Michael Jackson not as a drug addict, but a musical perfectionist trying to put on the greatest show ever known to man. He appeared happy and in good spirits in every scene. On top of that, he appeared to be a truly nice person. You would almost never know this was the same person who was taking near lethal doses of anesthetics regularly. In one scene, when the levels in his ear monitors were not right, rather than snap into a diva tantrum, he told the people to fix the problem and then said “I love you” to them for helping to get it right.
Vocally, Michael Jackson sounded great on ballads such as “Human Nature,” and on every song, he danced his ass off. His voice sounded pretty shot in numbers such as “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Beat It,” but it’s undeniable, the man could still dance. The moves were as fresh as they were in the 80s and 90s. It’s hard to believe that hours after some of the footage in the movie, Michael Jackson would be dead.
Knowing that he would die, the movie gives you that feeling you had when you first heard the news. I sat through the movie thinking that he is still very much alive. If you are a Michael Jackson fan, this movie is a great document of the final performances of a true legend.
Let it simmer.