"Michael Jackson’s Last Show"
What You Need To Know:
Fans of Michael Jackson will enjoy this movie, but the less faithful probably will find it a bit tedious at times. As to be expected, the dancing comes with much crotch grabbing on the part of Jackson. A centerpiece of the movie is an environmental theme, saying that we are killing the planet. For a collection of up close footage of Michael singing and dancing, this movie will be a fan’s delight. However, the movie’s suggestive elements require caution and the environmentalist message requires much discernment.
(PaPa, EE, PC, B, H, V, S, N, M) Strong mixed pagan worldview with strong environmentalist, light politically correct message, mixed with many “God bless you” comments along with light humanist statements that dancing in a show gives meaning to a dancer’s life; no foul language; in videotaped segment some “movie” gunplay but no one shot or hurt; near constant suggestive dance moves especially males grabbing their private area; male dancers without shirts and female dancers in tight costumes with cleavage and bare midriffs; no alcohol; no smoking, no drugs; and, scary cemetery images during one dance number.
THIS IS IT is a documentary of the making of pop star Michael Jackson’s world tour stage show which ultimately was never staged because of his untimely death. Starting with dancer auditions, the movie follows the progress and some of the behind the scenes details of the staging of the show. The majority of the movie is vignettes of the staging and dress rehearsal of Jackson’s many hit songs.
Using video playback with special effects to supplement the onstage dancing, the tour would have indeed been lavish, complete with fireworks.
The “Thriller” music video is recreated on screen and on stage as well as the now pop iconic “Beat It” song. A highlight is a filmed segment where Michael Jackson appears as a gangster in a 1940s type movie and is intercut with actual vintage movies so that Jackson is chased and shot at by the likes of Humphrey Bogart.
Fans of Michael Jackson will enjoy this movie, but the less faithful will probably find it a bit tedious at times. The footage is just of rehearsals so one never quite gets the finished product, and there are interruptions and staging issues. However, the filmmakers have done a great job of salvaging what they had to create a movie that is essentially just a compilation of backstage footage.
The movie offers some rare insights as Michael confers with musicians and the director, though the filmmakers often have to put subtitles under Michael to completely understand what he’s saying.
The centerpiece of the tour show was to be a long sequence that discusses the need to take care of the planet. In the show in voice over, Jackson says that we’re destroying the planet, and that it is sick. It’s like it has a fever, and we need to help heal it.
Later, as the stage crew get together for a “final huddle,” Jackson tells them that he wants everyone to feel love and know that we need to save the planet and that have we a window “of four years” do so. This may have been a reference to the Obama administration.
As to be expected, the dancing comes with much crotch grabbing on the part of Jackson and even among the male dancers in the show. In one segment, at dance rehearsal, a female instructor trains the male dancers on how to do this.
Jackson himself says “God bless you” often and at one point says that you “have to have faith.” However, he does not say faith in whom or what.
As a snapshot of the show that will never be, THIS IS IT offers an insider’s look into the rehearsal and staging of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated tour. For a collection of up close footage of Michael singing and dancing, this movie will be a fan’s delight. However, the suggestive elements require caution and the “we are killing the planet” comments and visuals need much discernment.