Michael Jackson's This Is It. Grade: A. (Based on advance VIP press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Written October 28, 2009
Michael Joseph Jackson may have departed(on 25 June 2009 at age 50) but left behind his performance/music legacy as showcased in this 111-min concert documentary(from March - June 2009) on the staging/creation/development, choreography, training and rehearsals of his This Is It concert series. A total of 24 songs were presented in this film, and a hypnotically thrilling new THRILLER segment was exuberantly presented - as were several shot-on green-screen music video segments. For the real deal on Michael Jackson, this is it - the movie gave us a front-row seat, stage-side views, on-stage experiences, and behind-the-scenes look at the Artist, Performer, Dancer, Perfectionist, Eco-conscious environmentally-caring, and humble sides of the multi-talented King of Pop who poured high levels of dedication/efforts into his craft and artistry, and how he elicited and expected the same from his musicians, dancers, and production team. VERDICT: A Must-See for fans of M.J.
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Well worth it.

By Wesley2048
Written November 01, 2009
Well worth it , but some of the scene transitions were a bit rough, and didn't flow smoothly enough for me. Also some of the old footage could have been enhanced to blend in with today's resolution. I wonder what we wasn't shown. At the end a few patrons got up and left at the credits, but there was a lot more show to be seen, so stay until the very end. The movie could have been further enhanced with some added background sound effects or themed music not part of the practice sessions to imply what we in the audience knew. And that was Michael Jackson's soon to be departure from this life. Peace
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Wait for the DVD rather than put up with hysterical idiots

By freebirds
Written October 18, 2009
I couldn't wait to go see this in IMAX, because I love Michael Jackson, and I actually grew up with The Jackson Five and later Michael solo. But after reading the reviews here, I realize that this movie is going to be packed everywhere with a bunch of inconsiderate, immature, selfish idiots who cannot control themselves, and who, in fact, are proud of their intent to yell, scream, get loud and hysterical, pushing, dancing, and generally making it impossible for those who actually want to WATCH AND ENJOY this movie to actually do so. Thanks, you bunch of underage teen fools who are too immature to really appreciate art and talent. Get a clue: This is NOT a concert. It is a MOVIE!! You're going to ruin it for everyone. Now I will just wait for it to come out on DVD, so I can watch it at home and actually SEE and HEAR it without putting up with the stupid riff-raff who feel it's their right to destroy anyone else's chance at watching and hearing a good movie.
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MJ puts alll doubts to rest, and reminds why he is and always will be the KING!

By EquusFemina
Written October 28, 2009
WOW! Words cannot even describe how phenomenal this film was. It was like having MJ back, just for a little while. Bittersweet, but enthralling at the same time. It was astounding! Don't walk, RUN to the theater to see it! You'll sing, you'll cheer, you'll laugh, you'll cry & it goes without saying that you'll have the urge to get up in the aisles and start dancing! I'm on my way back in less than 12 hours for my 2nd viewing, and I have tickets for a 3rd on Sunday. More than likely I will be going more than 3 times because I want to soak in every moment! I miss him now more than ever, but I now know for certain in my heart that his last days were spent doing what he loved. MJ was healthy, energetic, fit & strong. The King of Pop will live forever in our hearts & souls, and he is immortal now through his music - his amazing gift to the world. We must never forget that. Love you more, MJ, always, & I will think of you & continue to celebrate you every single day for the rest of my life!
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Michael still had the moves!

By idighorror
Written October 28, 2009
Watching this movie brought tears to my eyes, made me smile, made me dance, made me sing, he rocked it all over again! The 3-D effects were marvellous and exciting. He was still healthy and exhuberant. It was amazing to see Michael sing on the big screen. I loved every minute and I am going to see it several more times. He was intelligent, compassionate and very loving -- both as a performer and as a human being. Watching his dream come together was exhilarating and its very sad that he could not finish it into a concert. The scenery and dance moves were fantastic. An awesome movie about an awesome man. He really was all about L.O.V.E. We will never forget him. This man was one of a kind.
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