Now This Is It, folks

2009-10-28 13:59

MICHAEL Jackson will forever be remembered by those he inspired,

influenced and made jealous as the best performer ever. His singing, dancing and

ability to send people into sheer frenzy have always been his trademark.

However, in the recently produced docu-movie This Is It, moviegoers

are privileged to see the softer, funny and very hardworking side of Jackson who

takes creative control of what would have been a sold-out concert. This

docu-movie is based on snippets of 100 hours of footage as he was preparing for

his This is It tour at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Jackson died on June 25 from a heart failure at age 50.

Although his friend Kenny Ortega took up the role of director of

the concert, it is clear that Jackson is actually in control of what goes where

and who does what when it comes to the performance. From choosing dancers and

narrowing them down from hundreds to 10, perfecting choreography, choosing the

pyrotechnics and acting in movie sequences to preparing for background

green-screen shots, Jackson was involved and it seemed that the project

completely engulfed him.

Rehearsals of the concert are a clear prove that the This is It

concert would have been a fantastic “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. His band

members kept reiterating how well Jackson knew his own music after all this

time. It sure appears that he spent hours perfecting a key or tone of a song by

rehearsing over and over, which is showcased in the docu-movie. And it is also

fascinating to see what paces Jackson puts himself through in order to attain

true perfection.

While filming of rehearsals were meant for Jackson’s private

collection, with the permission of his family the docu-movie was released after

his death.

While many also remember the king of pop as a bit whacky and

somewhat not normal, Jackson shows no such behaviour in this behind-the-scenes

footage. He is cool, calm and collected and focuses solely on the project at

hand. And although the docu-movie will probably never capture the full effects

of a live stage performance, the fact is, it offers wonderful insight into a man

who is arguably the best entertainer to have lived during our time.

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