by Billy Johnson Jr. September 15, 2009
Watching the trailer for Michael Jackson's posthumous documentary "This Is It" confirms that I better purchase my theatre tickets the minute they go on sale September 27.
The tickets for the short two-week theatrical run, beginning October 28, will sell out quickly. I want to watch "This Is It" on the big screen with surround sound, Raisinets, popcorn, and other loud, responsive viewers.
The two-minute promo video is engaging, capturing Michael as he rehearses with his background dancers and musicians. He effortlessly runs through the choreography. When he explains his vision to his team, he speaks in a low, husky, more serious sounding voice that I've only heard described by insiders.
The imagery is his usual grandiose design. There is a dance sequence of thousands of digitally replicated soldiers, dressed in black uniforms, and set in a desert. There are endless acrobatic performance shots. Michael embodies his trademark stage presence. He hits his marks precisely, and is fascinating to watch.
Michael demonstrates that he was the King of Pop, and that there has never been another artist like him.
The piece compiled from 100 hours of footage shot between April and June, looks incredible. Those who had purchased tickets to the show originally scheduled to run in July at London's o2 arena undoubtedly would have gotten their monies' worth.
Kenny Ortega, the director of "This Is It" and Michael's creative partner, said the film documents Michael's role in shaping the show. "You see him as the true architect and driving force of this project," Kenny said in a statement.
"It's a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius' world," Kenny said. "For the first time ever, fans will see Michael as they have never seen him before... It is raw, emotional, moving and powerful footage."
Considering the shock of his untimely death in June, I wonder if watching this movie will foster closure or if it will just make fans feel worse about his passing?
Nothing in the trailer suggests that Michael was 50-years-old or on the verge of death. I will not be able to get that thought out of my head.