Michael Jackson’s This is It Documentary: Go Rent It

Well, it took me long enough, but I finally got around to watching the Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It.

For the few who don’t know, the film is a fascinating insiders look at final preparations for the opening of what Jackson described as his final concert tour, appropriately and also named, This Is It.   If you’re not a Jackson fan, or perhaps like me, someone put off by his media image in the final years of his life, I urge you to watch this film for several reasons.

First, for the sheer quality of the film. If you’re expecting something that was just cobbled together for the sake of making a quick buck, you’re in for a huge surprise. It’s the best concert film that I’ve ever seen and once you pop it in your DVD player you’ll quickly see why.

Second, for a fifty year-old, MJ could sure move. Jackson, having been burned, perhaps I should say “incinerated,” by the media in the years prior to his death, had not been accessible to the public as a performer for a long time. Any thought that his magic as an entertainer had been diminished by this absence from the stage, will be quickly dissipated once you see the film. Jackson moves like he’s a man twenty years younger and the film is a reminder of his unique genius as a musician.

Third, the music is what made Michael and that is what lives on. The message that came through to me the loudest was that Michael Jackson was a brilliant entertainer, as a child, as an adult, and in the very last days of his life. Whenever he stops the dancers and musicians during their dress rehearsals and says, “Let’s try it this way,” his intuitive sense comes through and he is flawless. That is certainly the surest sign of genius in any field of endeavor.

I sat down to watch This Is It, with all those mixed feelings that shaded my view of Jackson for so long. Two hours later, when it ended, I thought the only honest way to judge Michael’s legacy was as a performer, dancer, and musician. Not the odd looking man in the middle of his self-inflicted media circus, but as an artist. And in that role, he was absolutely one of a kind.

Check out the video below, of one of the scenes: a remake of “Thriller”.


–Martin Brown, SMW’s Health Channel Editor

And how they made this portion of the show, as seen in the documentary: