I have not been to see This Is It, the part documentary-part concert film about Michael Jackson.  Lisa really wants to see it, so i am sure we will work it into our schedule in the next week.

I have heard from several people who have been and the responses to the MJ film have all been 2 thumbs up.

Russ Breimeier did a review for Christianity Today.  He gave the film 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars.  His conclusion on the film is:

This Is It succeeds and will surely be a hit—it already is due to pre-sales. Not to say it’s a major cinematic achievement, but it does entertain, and uniquely so. Few aging superstars are able to recapture their glory days with a comeback, and fewer still are able to say goodbye to their fans before a tragic death. Incredibly, Michael Jackson and his creative team have accomplished both with this film.

Here are some other excerpts from Breimeier’s review.  You can see the whole article by clicking here..….

The non-fan has absolutely no reason to see this—not even morbid curiosity. There are no major revelations into Jackson’s life or the sordid details of his shocking death on June 25, 2009. It’s purely a celebration of the mega-star’s musical legacy.

But the Jackson fan has every reason to see it. Jackson had been rehearsing at the Los Angeles Staples Center since April 2009, preparing for 50 sold-out shows in London that would have surely led to a worldwide farewell tour. Now it’s the tour that will never be, making this bittersweet project a glimpse of what might have been by distilling over a hundred hours of rehearsal footage (intended for DVD featurettes) into a two-hour film.

What about those with a mixture of admiration for the entertainer and disapproval for his eccentricities? This Is It surpassed my expectations, and reaffirmed Jackson’s showmanship through a developing concert that truly defines spectacle.

This Is It works to recreate the conceived concert through raw rehearsal footage.

Cynics and sensationalists looking for evidence of Jackon’s faltering health won’t find it here. Though it’s been over a decade since Jackson’s last tour, the 50-year-old artist still had what it took to keep in step with (and sometimes outshine) the energetic 20-something dancers at peak fitness behind him. Yes, the man could still moonwalk like no other.

Based on the visual evidence, Jackson’s final tour would have played like a Vegas show on steroids set in an arena, combining a near-perfect set list of his best-known hits with energetic showmanship and unparalleled production values.

Jackson shows plenty of calm humility by giving his dancers and musicians their moments to shine, including a scorching solo from Aussie guitarist Orianthi during “Black and White” and a sweet pep talk to the crew at the end.

Nothing here delves into Jackson’s tragic death. The filmmakers wanted to keep things positive, focusing on his musical legacy.

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