(If you told me that I'd do a movie review on this blog, I'd be surprised. If you told me it was going to be for this particular movie, I'd be stupified.)
Michael Jackson is certainly one of the most enigmatic figures of the past 50 years. He was born just two years after me, and probably like a lot of my readers, we grew up hearing his music and there were a lot of special songs.
But with his general wackiness, the surgeries, the kid issues, saying it is hard to relate to him is an understatement.
When this movie came out, my thought was "ugh, people still trying to make money with this crazy cat."
Yesterday my son won tickets for the movie from a radio station, and asked me to go with him. I don't go to many movies. I hate sitting through the trailers, and there's always some obnoxious SOB that ruins it for me. So, I have a home theater!
But anyway, "be a good cheer," my uncle always says - so off we went.
And I'm glad I got to see it, and here is why. It's real. And so is he. It's what goes on behind the scenes to craft a production of epic proportion.
The cast of characters is really a great mix of people, and you can tell each one is a superstar on his or her instrument, or lighting, or whatever. The dancers are awesome.
And really for the first time I can remember, you get to see Michael Jackson as a person. Ok, yes, a person with insane talent - every gene is his body was meant to be a musical writer and performer.
And it's 96% music. Music being performed. And he's not trying to sing as if in a performance, he's holding back his voice. Again, very real. There's just a tiny bit of preachiness, where he claims the planet is doomed, but other than that, all good!
Worth 90 minutes of your time if you enjoy music being performed.