Wednesday, October 28, 2009
This Is It
As reviews for the Michael Jackson concert documentary trickle in and its Rotten Tomatoes score ticks upward (currently at 81%, with nearly 70 reviews in), I can't help but become intrigued. What seemed like a frantically cobbled together cashgrab by the Michael Jackson estate is pulling in fantastic buzz from critics who regularly thumb their noses at this sort of thing. Sure, there's an inherent nostalgia in anything that references Michael Jackson at this point, but if anything that makes director Kenny Ortega's job that much more difficult. He is expected to produce an honest look behind his tour preparations, while at the same time honoring his memory and handling his drug addiction with kid gloves. He surely wanted Michael Jacksons actions to speak for him, but cannot simply turn a blind-eye to the elephant in the room. I hope he is able to strike a respectful balance between tabloid trash and syrupy tribute, because this really is it, from one of the greatest pop artists of all time.