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  • Summary: Michael Jackson's This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, "Michael Jackson's This Is It" captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his final show. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 100
    [An] extraordinary documentary, nothing at all like what I was expecting to see. Here is not a sick and drugged man forcing himself through grueling rehearsals, but a spirit embodied by music. Michael Jackson was something else.
  2. A spectacular record of rehearsals for a show that wasn't to be.
  3. 80
    Watching it, I saw him from some new angles -- painful as well as celebratory -- and I realized that this isn't it: This, as with Elvis' posthumous career, is only the beginning.
  4. An up-tempo and upbeat concert documentary that celebrates, rather than mourns, the last hurrah of a pop-culture touchstone.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    This Is It delivers neither the full-on Jackson stage experience or a revealing portrait of his complex mindset. Yet it does not dishonour his memory and you can’t deny the power of the music.
  6. Neither a true concert film nor a strict behind-the-scenes documentary, This Is It is, like Jackson himself, a real hybrid.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Richards
    For a man who so desperately wanted to show us perfection -- or at least project the illusion of it -- Jackson would never, ever want us to see this film.

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  1. Positive: 66 out of 81
  2. Negative: 13 out of 81
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    The greatest musician/artist/entertainer and performer this world has ever known! "This is it" is so great that i cry almost every time i watch it because i realize that this amazing tour was canceled and The king Michael Jackson is not with us anymore. I don't think i should add something more, MJ is my biggest inspiration and for sure the best artist, everyone who liked his music should watch this movie without no doubt. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2012
    This film is not a money grab, what it is, is the experience of the magical making of Michael Jackson's return to the stage, in what we can say through the footage, was going to be the greatest show on Earth (the title of one of his songs from his early solo albums in Motown).

    Once you sit down and start watching the film, you realize that all those made up scandals that sold millions of papers and magazines and gave high ratings, don't really matter, those things don't reflect the musical genius that Jackson was.

    This Is It is a compilation of the rehearsals that occurred in LA's Staples Center for the 02 Arena Concerts in London. What you'll see? Michael Jackson preparing His show, enjoying it, tuning it to perfection, to make sure he gave his fans the best, because, after three successful solo tours, what else could you have expected from him?

    Even when he's not 100% there (energy wise), he performs with a passion that today's artists lack, such humbleness and joyfulness that keep you glued to the screen wondering what note he will hit, how well he would sing, or best of all, what dance move he'll perform.

    In the end, we are left with a raw rehearsal, one that left a lot to be desired in terms of technical specs, such as lighting, pyrotechnics, 3D (yes, well done 3D with new intro segments for Smooth Criminal, They Don't Care About Us, Earth Song, and the finale, 'Air MJ'), but thankfully we get to see a master of performance, somebody that wanted to show the new generations why he was and will always be the King of Pop. His legend will continue and after you watch this, you'll wonder how his comeback would've played out. Great, we can assume.
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    I warched this film in cinema, so many people were dancing and singing Michael's songs, it was soo nice. And some part of this film made me cry and to feel sad,because we lost such a great and talented man. Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2011
    Well basically it's just 2 hours of MJ reherasing his tour. But at least I got to see what was in store because I didn't get a ticket so I was happy with this film. Expand
  5. Oct 17, 2010
    It probably isn't the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop but it does deliever on the music and visuals. The one annoying thing is Kenny Ortega always floating in the background like some foul dust and every so often coming in with an annoying comment. But, The King of Pop is still brilliant even 2 days before his death, so much life and energy with 48 hours to live. The tragedy is easily forgotten in this magical concert film where we see what we really should remember MJ by, his music. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2010
    The film reveals more about Michael Jackson as a hard-working and meticulously attentive artist than any other insight over his lifetime, a really good film. Expand
  7. Jul 16, 2013
    Algo interesante un documental que muestra cosas que jamas habian sido reveladas y son buenas sin embargo no es lo que esperaba para ser la "ultima" pelicula tan querida por todo el mundo el rey del pop Expand

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