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PostSubject: TII Review   Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:51 am

Michael Jackson's This Is It
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January 26th, 2010 [7:25:35] 9/10

Deborah Ffrench: I was genuinely scared this film would disappoint. Yes, Michael doesn't dance or sing full out, but he never has in previous rehearsals for other tours either. I knew - This Is It, couldn't be a return to the glory days of Bad or Dangerous, to expect that would be to expect too much - even from Michael. But I didn't anticipate what I saw either.

The film is an emotional journey through Michael's past, and ours - and it moved me. From fear to exultation, to laughter, and finally - inevitably to a grief I have felt since June 25th. The reality that Michael was no cheap addict trying to get high, but a sensitive man with serious physical burdens and a wounded psyche who was unable to sleep, is not one you'll see promoted in the press - but it is the truth. Personally, I consider myself privileged to have seen the inner workings of a Master, albeit a damaged one.

The film is, of course, commercially viable, but it is also a labour of love with an abundance of heart. You can see the crew and the dancers - and Kenny Ortega especially, willing Michael to reclaim the crown he once wore with surety. Did they have their doubts? Did we? Certainly, the fact that Michael's re-crowning came via the road-we-will-all-travel-at-some-point, makes these questions more poignant than they were when Michael first announced his tour all those months ago. The Michael we encounter in the film, obviously scarred, obviously older, is no less fascinating than he was at the peak of his career. His charisma on the big screen - the kind that eludes the mulititude of young and restless who assay our cinemas these days - still there.

Martin Scorcese described Michael's persona as 'shamanistic', Spielberg called him ‘an emotional star child, Mark Romanek (director of Scream) recalls him as 'metaphysical, Anjelica Houston - 'an innocent.' Whatever the word used, all of these highly creative individuals were each in their own way trying to convey the sense of 'difference' they saw in Michael.

If you listen and look, you can hear and feel it in his entire body of work. And his voice, my God - that voice. That soft yet hard, delicate yet bullet-bright force of power and beauty Michael could produce at will. Once heard, it crept inside you, beat a path to the fortress of your innermost being, before offering – everything. It elevated the merely kinetic to the kaleidoscopic, music into magic and a thousand songs into the substance of the soul.

Some say Michael should be thought of as nothing more than an 80s artefact, a relic of the bad, brash, primary-coloured, Lucas filmed, pre-9/11 days when we thought the whole world loved America, and people adored their stars like the old movie idols from long ago. But what they fail to realize is this; every kid I know is discovering Star Wars for the first time. The Sistine Chapel is no less beautiful now than it was when its painter first stepped down and exhaled. Because true art is immortal and it lives forever.

Michael often quoted Micheangelo – who said: ‘I will attempt to bind my soul to my work. This is what Michael Jackson did. He put all that young idealism, that thirst for freedom, that yearning to ‘move' and be moved, his desire to be the best, his love and joy, his rage, his pain, his sorrow, his confusion and his loss; into his work. And when all the lies and the untruths have faded with time, and those predators who even now pick at his memory like vultures to the bone have finished their feasting – that work will remain.

Michael Jackson's life here may have ended, but he left behind some gifts we would be wise to appreciate. Youtube, the testimonials of friends, Dvds - and amidst the music, the echoes of an exceptional human being's epic, embattled life here. In the end of course, how people feel about 'This Is It' - will pretty much come down to how they feel about Michael Jackson. So see it, don't see it, hate it, love it, whatever - it's your choice.

But remember this - what was done to this beautiful man and peerless artist must never be forgotten. Our loss, whether we know it or not, is incalculable.

And the film?

Its beautiful.

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PostSubject: Re: TII Review   Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:37 pm

Oh that was beautiful! Everyone in media should read that!! I loved that!!

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PostSubject: Re: TII Review   Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:47 am

That was beautiful!
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