Michael Jackson's This Is It is like "The Making of" section in a special edition DVD for what would have been his last concert with the same title.
True to what the makers of the movie promised, this movie culled out of 100 hrs of video recorded for Michael's personal use provides a peek into the preparation that went into getting ready for a concert over 2 months. Given the fact, no one had any idea, that this is one concert, which would never happen, everything was planned to the last detail.
The movie starts with planning of the tour, including selection of the dancers, who are going to perform in the concerts. Obviously, for the audition, the dancers came from across the world and as the testimony showed, all of them have worshipped Michael and grown up dancing to his tunes and matching his steps. One interesting thing is...Michael was involved in each step of the preparation, including the selection of dancers from thousands who came to every stage of the production. He was the master at work on his canvas.
It contains Michael dancing to his popular numbers and how he takes the whole team on the journey. He is a man, who was definitely, one of the greatest entertainer and someone, as the movie says, knew all his music so well, that when he talked about music, others just listened. Whether he is talking to the guy on the keyboard or the drummer or the guitarist, he knows exactly, how he wanted them to perform or how the music should sound like...like whether it simmers like the moonlight or whether it sounds softly like, when he is waking up. The metaphors were quite interesting.
I liked the moment, when he is talking to the female guitarist, Orianthi Panagaris and tells her, that this is her moment to shine, and the whole team behind her to give support. It's truly an uplifting moment for someone to give her best performance. Michael surely took care of his team.
The movie gives a glimpse of how, Michael would have made an appearance in the concert with some great CGI. It also includes preparation for a 3D version for Thriller, that was being planned and his final performance for Earth. When towards the end, Michael says, I love you, I really do...its difficult to believe he is no more. Here is a man, who faced so many challenges and controversies, when all he wanted to say was, that he loved his music, he loved his fans.
The movie shows some delicate moments, like Michael being directed by Kenny Ortega on each step and how he surrendered himself entirely in the hands of the director. There is this moment, when he is being lifted on the crane and he is taken towards the crowd away from the stage and Michael is not holding on to the rails. Kenny reminds him to do that, and it was like a baby who needs to be taken care of. On another occasion, Michael was trying to tell the team, that the loud music is pushing his internal ears and takes pain to explain, how its hurting him and they should play it low. Also, when he is singing on a high pitch during rehearsal, he reminds everyone, that he is trying to warm up for the concert and he's preserving himself for the final thing. He was a man who pushed his boundaries...and he wanted to be a perfectionist.
When he announced the concert in London, it appeared, as if...he is telling his fans, that "This is It" will be his swansong...and he is tired. But, towards the end, it seemed, that he had a message for the people about the environment, how much he loved nature and it's our last chance to save our Mother Earth and time is running out. I was thinking...Is This It? Did he give his life to leave a message? It seemed quite surreal to me.
This Is It scores high on emotions and a fitting tribute to the legend. But, will appeal to only select audience in our country. Here is your chance to see, the man in larger than life scale (on big screen) for the last time. But, if you are not a MJ fan, you may wait for DVD to release or, watch it on TV some time in future.