Monday, November 2, 2009
Michael Jackson's This is it! is a big hit!
I went to see This is It! on Sunday afternoon. Our theater was nearly deserted, and that surprised me.
I doubt that the film will garner the huge audience that some people expected, although a $20 million weekend is not bad. Not bad at all.
I just don't believe the film has the appeal to draw repeat views in theaters.
If and when the film is released in DVD it should be a big hit. People will want this little piece of history to keep. Perhaps the DVD would be even bigger than the theater showing.
I've never watched so much Michael Jackson in my entire life! Right here in one view I saw him perform virtually all of his greatest hits, albeit in rehearsal, and sometimes with costume changes cutting in and cutting out, but it was pretty seamless.
The back stage "look" that we are afforded does provide a glimpse into the complexities of putting together a stage production like this. Every step over every dancer is marked. There are no individual hand movements that are not pre-set and rehearsed. The music is terrific. Each "Beat" and tempo is repeated until it meets Michael's standard. He was a perfectionist, yet he shows a lot of patience with his producers, musicians, singers, dancers and technical staff.
There is a lot of love in this film. I enjoyed it and am certain we will also buy a DVD, of course!
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