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Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

What A Thriller

Even if you’re not a Michael Jackson fan, you may appreciate This Is It as a rare glimpse of the man at work. It also gives audiences an idea of the concert that never will be.

It’s a fascinating glimpse, by the way. For a 50-year old, and despite obvious efforts at conserving his energy, Michael still has the moves. Yeah, he never really developed new moves, but the ones he had were still sharp and his body still nimble.

On close-up, he looks scary. His nose is too sculpted. And when he moves, there’s something fey about him. Add the high-pitched voice and the lack of sexual tension between him and the girls onstage, and one can’t be faulted for wondering, “Is he or isn’t he?”

I’m not sure if his concert could have lived up to his desire of taking the audience to places they’ve never been. Sure, it’s a spectacle, but so are concerts of Madonna and Kylie. But I guess of all the solo male artists, only he can pull off that kind of circus. Again, one wonders, “Is he or isn’t he?”

Then again, it doesn’t really matter anymore.

5 comments:

xtian1978ii said...

haven't seen it yet, maybe come this weekend

Mr. Scheez said...

2 words: Oscar worthy

citybuoy said...

i totally agree. i never really liked him. i thought his eccentricities outweighed his body of work. all this changed though.

i had no plans of seeing this is it- i dismissed it as a 2-hour long featurette you would typically find in a DVD's special features. a friend of mine sort of forced me to watch it with her and i just went home with a newfound respect for him. he really is an artist and you can see how other artists feed from him.

but then again, one has to ask: would this movie be what it is right now if he didn't die?

rudeboy said...

I'm torn over this.

On one hand, the film deserves to be seen on its own merits. Many reviews have been positive, and I'm curious to see it more for the graphics and the choreography and less for its late star.

On the other hand, I don't want to contribute to the coffers of the vile and reprehensible Jacksons, especially that Balrog of a pimp they call father.

BERNADETTE said...

crayola pa ren ako after seeing it ..