My husband and I trooped to the Power Plant Cinema last night to attend Skycable's premiere showing of Michael Jackson's This Is It. We got really good center aisle seats and although I had already seen the trailer I still was not quite sure what to expect.
Michael Jackson's This Is It is a collation of footages taken from rehearsals for his sold-out series of concerts in UK which was supposed to take place in July 2009. Everything was put together to complete a two-hour documentary style behind-the-scenes look at what was supposed to be Michael's final curtain call.
Sadly, this is the closest I'll ever get to watching a Michael Jackson concert. Watching him perform is nothing short of enthralling. The magic is still there. It never left, it merely went into hibernation when the king of pop chose to fade into the background during the last several years. This Is It shows the world just how consummate a performer and artist Michael Jackson is. He is extremely hands-on, and he doesn't stop until perfection is achieved. "I want it to sound the way I wrote it," he'd tell the band. He would also work on refining the choreography of his back-up dancers. This is a man who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to deliver what he promised.
I marvelled at what an ornate production was in store for his fans. No expense was spared, this would have been the concert you just had to watch in this lifetime. Often I would wonder if his 50-year old self could handle the rigorous demands of the show but if ever there was a shadow of a doubt he did not show it. He was dancing side-by-side with people in their 20's and he was nowhere near being left behind.
Fans will be treated to Michael Jackson's latest renditions of his most popular songs like "Smooth Criminal", "Thriller", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Human Nature", "Beat It", and "Billie Jean" among several others. His voice and his moves are truly one of a kind. Even after a long absence from the stage, this is definitely still the legend that is Michael Jackson.
Throughout the film, Michael would talk about how one should always do everything with love and for love. "I'm going to sing the songs my fans want to hear," he is recorded as saying. Since this would have been his last series of concerts, he was really determined to give it his all... and his all he gave until he drew his last breath.
The film ends with Michael singing "Man in the Mirror", which was also how his memorial service ended. I was once again saddened at the loss of one of the greatest artists who ever walked the earth. I just wish he could see how much he is missed.
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