"My goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance."It's always inspiring to see a genius at work. And that's exactly how I felt watching Michael Jackson in This Is it--inspired. It made me smile to see the King of Pop doing what he loved to do the most, what gave him so much joy. Watching him you felt like no matter what else was going on in the world, the moments he created on stage was full of love and happiness.
Michael Jackson was in his element--dancing like a machine, singing his butt off, and smiling all the way through. His back-up dancers and singers were just as amazed as we are in the audience to see him perform flawlessly after a years-long hiatus from the stage. When the back-up crew left the stage after their takes, they grabbed a seat right n the audience so as not to miss a second of Michael's rehearsals as a mere blink might result in missing an impromptu magical moment on stage. They were fans, just like us. And they were living their dreams, Michael's dreams, right before their eyes.
We witness rare glimpses of Michael's witty sense of humor as he goofs off during extended rehearsals. We also see Michael's brilliance shine through as he not only shows off his individual performance skills, but also proves that he knows a thing or two about the music composition--down to the drums, the percussion, and the updated videography streaming in the background--when to cue a light or time a dancer's entrance or choreography. He knew everything down to the nuts and bolts of how to create a masterpiece on stage--visually, performance-wise and musically. He was a perfectionist, often requiring several takes before he felt satisfied to move on to the next scene. You can tell that he did not want to disappoint the fans. And he didn't. Performing everything everything from "Smooth Criminal," to "Thriller," to "Man in the Mirror" even bigger and better than their original performances, he can still rest in peace as the undisputed King of Pop. Rock on, Michael.
My rating: A