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5.0 out of 5 stars
Close up and personal!, 6 Dec. 2009
I went with a friend to see this movie, there were 6 other people in the cinema; where was everyone? had the negative press prejudiced people from making their own minds up? I was determined to be objective in spite of a slight whisper of cynicism and if nothing else to satisfy my own curiosity; I was not to be dissapointed! The first thing that struck me was the intimacy of the footage, it really seemed to get up close to Michael in a way I havn't seen before it seemed raw and stripped back. The callibre of the man was evident, his stature which did not appear in any way to be frail, and his commanding presence and the mutually respectful manner in which he related to the director and crewe was inspiring. He certainly was thin but he always has been, and I never understood why he carved his face up but that said the inner beauty comes through. As for the performance, the moment the music started the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, it was clear to see the concerts would have been Jackson at his best. His genius, creativity and stage artistry was humbling, given it was rehearsal and he was obviously saving it' for the concerts. I loved the re-working of the classics, staying authentic but with a fresh edge. The movie footage was again authentic Jackson and all too short. I was in awe of the way Michael moved, being the same age I can appreciate his athletisism and unique style that cannot be replicated even by the talented dancers working close to him. The routines were mesmerising and a joy to watch, the anticipation of knowing what comes next and then being surprised by the new coreography. Finally one is left with an inate sense of being robbed of someone profoundly special, and of deep sadness for his children, this movie at least might give them something of their father that they can be proud of. All I can say is I wanted to watch it all over again, and will definately be placing a pr-order!