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Michael Jackson's This Is It is a 2009 (10 years ago) American concert movie documenting Michael Jackson's rehearsals of the concert series of the same name (scheduled to start on Jul. 13, 2009 (10 years ago), but cancelled because of his death on Jun. 25, 2009 (10 years ago)), both on stage and behind the scenes. The movie shows Jackson mentoring his team for the 50 shows, as well as him creating, developing, and ultimately staging the high-tech performances. The film's director Ortega confirmed that when Jackson had filmed footage of himself rehearsing that he never had the intention of releasing it to the public, but after Jackson's death, it was agreed that the movie be made and released for Jackson's fans. The footage was filmed at The Forum and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Despite originally being set for an Oct. 30, 2009 (10 years ago), release date, the film's release date was rescheduled for Oct. 28, 2009; due to a strong demand by Jackson's fans. The was given a wide worldwide release and a limited two-week theatrical run from Oct. 28, to Nov. 12, 2009 (10 years ago). Tickets went on sale a month early on sep. 27, 2009 (10 years ago), to satisfy a high anticipated demand.

Since the confirmation of the film, AEG Live had faced criticism mostly consisting of theories that they'd only made the movie solely for them to be able to make a profit off Jackson. Multiple members of Jackson's family had confirmed that they didn't support the movie and some family members went as far as to try to stop the movie agreement in August. The movie has also been surrounded by multiple controversies, including a Jackson body double hoax; which Sony denied, and an outrage from Jackson fans; with some going as far as to start a protest against the film.

On Aug. 10, 2009 (10 years ago), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved a deal between Michael Jackson's estate, concert promoter AEG Live, and Sony Pictures. This allowed Sony pictures (wallpaper) to edit the hundreds of hours of rehearsal footage needed to create the motion picture. Sony subsequently paid $60 million for the movie rights. The trailer first premiered during the 2009 (10 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards on sep. 13, 2009 (10 years ago), along with the simultaneous launching of the film's official website. To date, the movie has broken numerous box office records via tickets sales worldwide. The movie was released to positive reviews from both critics and Jackson fans, negative responses mainly consisted of people having felt that the movie was made just to profit off Jackson's death and that Jackson wouldn't have wanted the movie released because he was a "perfectionist".

Trailer



Content

The movie opens with a short text introduction stating the purpose of the footage and its intent "For the fans...". After short dialogues from various dancers, Kenny Ortega is heard talking through the original concert opening sequence involving a body suit made from screens which display fast clips and images (wallpaper) with bright intensity from which Jackson emerges on stage. Immediately after this, Jackson begins "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" first solo, which pauses half-way through and a small snippet of Jackson singing his song "Speechless" acapella is shown. Jackson is then joined by dancers and completes the first number. A short clip showing rehearsals of the "toaster" mechanism is shown before rehearsal footage of "Jam" is played. This plays directly into the green screen adaption of soldiers dancers for "Bad" which are also used for "They Don't Really Care About Us" which is shown next. From here, the movie shows Michael directing Ortega and his band for his solo rehearsal performance of "Human Nature" which he performs acapella, then acoustic and finally with full band. Green screen rehearsals for the video vignette for "Smooth Criminal" come next, with dress rehearsals of the song following, including parts of the vignette intertwined with the dancing. Jackson is seen next directing his musical team for the cues in his song "The Way You Make Me Feel." Jackson then performs a rehearsal with dancers which he alters and changes as he goes. A small animatic introducing the Jackson 5 is shown afterwards, and Michael then rehearses "I Want You Back", "The Love You Save", "I'll Be There" and "Shake Your Body." Jackson stops only to report problems with his earpiece. After this, Jackson sings with one of his back up singers on his duet song "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in which he sings at full strength, directing his partner as he goes. The filming for the "Thriller" vignette is then shown with Jackson and Ortega watching with 3D glasses. Jackson is then seen rehearsing "Thriller" with the vignette intertwined like that in "Smooth Criminal."

During the dance sequence, puppets are suspended in the audience aisles while Jackson emerges from a robotic spider originally seen in the vignette. Jackson and Ortega rehearsing the cherry-picker is seen next, along with Jackson rehearsing "Beat It." Jackson creates the ending he wants for the song, a long drum build up in which he tears off his jacket and burns it. Footage of the show's aerialists rehearsing to the instrumental of "Who Is It" is shown next, followed by the Jackson and his band rehearsing "Black or White," in which he allows guitarist Orianthi Panagaris to take centre stage to finish with a high guitar rift. The video-sequence for "Earth Song" is shown next, featuring a small girl who wanders through an abundant forrest, falls asleep, and wakes up to find the forrest destroyed by man. Jackson then performs the song both onstage and using the cherry-picker, with his voice being heard at the end telling of the dangers of Global Warming and the lack of reversible time left. Afterwards, Michael is seen conversing with Ortega, his dancers and band about the shows, trivial dance moves and his hopes for the concert series. He then performs a quick version of his song "Billie Jean" featuring an extra dance sequence. Michael is then seen talking to all crew members and wishing everyone the best for the London performances. As a sound check, Jackson performs "Man In The Mirror" with strong backing vocals. The movie ends with Jackson with his arms extended on stage with the message: "Michael Jackson (60 walls) King of Pop Love Lives Forever"

Cast

  • Lead vocalist and dancer: Michael Jackson (60 walls)
  • Choreographer: Michael Jackson (60 walls)
  • Music By: Michael Jackson (60 walls), Janet Jackson, Robert Kelly, Quincy Jones. Music Distributed By Sony.
  • Keyboards: Michael Bearden, Morris Pleasure
  • Lead guitar: Orianthi Panagaris
  • Rhythm guitar: Thomas Organ
  • Bass: Alfred Dunbar
  • Percussion: Roger Bashiri Johnson
  • Drums: Jonathan Moffett
  • Background vocalists: Judith Hill, Dorian Holley, Darryl Phinnesse, Ken Stacey
  • Background dancers: Daniel Yao, Nicholas Bass, Daniel Celebre, Mekia Cox, Christopher Grant, Misha Hamilton, Shannon Holtzapffel, Devin Jamieson, Charles Klapow, Ricardo Reid, Danielle Rueda Watts, Tyne Stecklein, Timor Steffens

Development

The film's director and choregrapher; Ortega stated that the rehearsal footage and concept of making a movie to document the preparation of the concerts had come about as "an accident". Ortega stated the movie was pieced together from "private footage" of Jackson and the concerts crew rehearsing and that before Jackson's death, was never intended to be released to the public, or even in general. "The recordings were made so we could use them, then the tapes were destined for Michael [Jackson]'s private library. They have a real unguarded honesty to them." Ortega stated that he had gotten the idea to use the rehearsal footage from Jackon's fans after his death: "At first I got so many messages from fans around the world asking to see the shows, asking to see the footage and eventually I realised the journey wasn't over and we had to do this," and Ortega also stated that the movie was made only for the Jackson fans: "[The film] is for the fans and the movie will show the development and intentions of the show, and the concert as it moved closer to London."

Production

Development

Michael Jackson (60 walls) in 1984 (35 years ago). According to the film's director Ortega, Jackson had wanted to record video footage of him rehearsing for himself - and had no intention of ever releasing it to the public.The film's director and choregrapher; Ortega stated that the rehearsal footage and concept of making a movie to document the preparation of the concerts had come about as "an accident". Ortega stated the movie was pieced together from "private footage" of Jackson and the concerts crew rehearsing and that before Jackson's death, was never intended to be released to the public, or even in general. "The recordings were made so we could use them, then the tapes were destined for Michael [Jackson]'s private library. They have a real unguarded honesty to them." Ortega stated that he had gotten the idea to use the rehearsal footage from Jackon's fans after his death: "At first I got so many messages from fans around the world asking to see the shows, asking to see the footage and eventually I realised the journey wasn't over and we had to do this," and Ortega also stated that the movie was made only for the Jackson fans: "[The film] is for the fans and the movie will show the development and intentions of the show, and the concert as it moved closer to London."

Deal with AEG Live

On Aug. 10, 2009 (10 years ago), Mitchell Beckloff, who is a Superior Court Judge, officially approved the deal between Columbia pictures (wallpaper) (film distributor) and AEG Live (the concerts promoter) for Columbia to be able to purchase and distribute rehearsal footage of Jackson and the rehearsal crew for the film. The deal also included a merchandising agreement with Bravado International Group - the company is a division of Universal Music Group that is owned by Vivendi - so that they can distribute and and sell "Jackson-themed products". Columbia had reportedly paid 60 million (£35 million) for rights to the rehearsal footage in court documents that were filed. The papers filed had also reportedly stated that Jackson's estate will get 90% of the profits and that AEG will get the remaining 10% from the film's revenue. In the agreement, Columbia and AEG Live both agreed in the deal that the final version of the movie should be no longer than 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes), and that the movie must attain a PG rating. The contract also stated that the movie is not allowed to show footage of Jackson that shows him in a negative way, stating that: "Footage that paints Jackson in a bad light will not be permitted and "Under the terms of the proposed contract, the movie will have to be screened for Jackson’s estate and cannot include any footage that puts the superstar in a bad light." AEG stated that they'd had given Columbia over "100 hours of footage of preparations and rehearsals for the shows" as part of the deal."" The court papers stated that in order for the movie to be released to the public the final version of the movie must be screened to representatives for Jackson's Estate no later than Oct. 2, 2009 (10 years ago).

Reception

The movie currently holds an 80% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 123 reviews. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, reported that reviews were "generally favorable", with an average rating of 67 based on 30 reviews.

Soundtrack

  1. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"  
  2. "Jam"  
  3. "They Don't Care About Us"  
  4. "Human Nature"  
  5. "Smooth Criminal"  
  6. "The Way You Make Me Feel"  
  7. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"  
  8. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"  
  9. "Thriller"  
  10. "Beat It"  
  11. "Black or White"  
  12. "Earth Song"  
  13. "Billie Jean"  
  14. "Man in the Mirror"  
  15. "This Is It" (Album Version)
  16. "This Is It" (Orchestra Version)


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