This is It! The Michael Jackson Tribute (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009)


By Nicole DeCoursey

Photo Credit: Google Images of "The King of Pop" (Aug 29,1958-Jun 25,2009)

“This is It” directed by Kenny Ortega, documents the legacy of Michael Jackson and his quest to spread love around the world along with trying to make the world a better place, as a whole.  Michael Jackson shocks the world one last time with spectacular and stunning visual effects along with great choreography from our favorites like, “Smooth Criminal”, “Thriller”, and “Beat it”.

“This is it! This is it! This is it!… This is the final curtain call!” the King of Pop, calls out at the press conference where he announced a planned series of 50 concerts.  The concerts were scheduled to begin in the O2 Arena in London this past July, and continue through to March 2010.  But just three weeks before the first concert, the musical legend died suddenly due to cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home on June 25th, at 2:26 p.m.

“This is it”  was released on October 28th, for a two-week limited engagement around the world.  It gave us an inside-look behind the American musician, dancer and entertainer, “The King of Pop” had shown us for nearly three decades.  The film showcased Michael as an upbeat hard worker, who never seemed to have a broken spirit about all the tabloids or paparazzi discussing false rumors and hurtful allegations about the artist.

The film showcased his best work from “Beat It”, “Wanna Be Starting Something”, “They Don’t Really Care About Us”,  and “Billie Jean.”, along with showing his vocal ability with songs like, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Human Nature.” The spectacular visual effects is what gave the film great excitement throughout.  The special effects, make-up, and set designs set a very high standard for the legend and showed us one more time that he is a musical legend to all.

His hard work throughout the years has constantly  improved year after year and was stated to have set the bar at a new record high for what it means to put on a good performance.  Though we will never be able to see the final product, we got a remarkable and entertaining glimpse of the brilliance behind the man who changed most people’s out-look on the meaning of pop music.  He may no longer be with us but forever Michael Jackson, will remain one of the greatest entertainers to have ever lived, and will always live through his music.

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