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Rock Hall’s President Shares His Thoughts on Michael Jackson Film, This Is It

Monday, November 2: 5:21 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart

Early Sunday afternoon I decided that I had to see the Michael Jackson film, This Is It. I’d read the reviews which were pretty much all over the place, so I was a bit apprehensive. You know, I was a little fearful of something too exploitive.

What a surprise! Michael’s fans and music fans alike should take in this film before it leaves the theaters in its short run….seeing it at home on DVD will not do it justice. It’s a joyous revelation of the talent and spirit of this man.

I must admit that I had a very emotional response to this film about an artist I always listened to and loved so much. The viewer gets a great look at how the show was coming together and what a ground-breaking, incredible performance was intended. Unfortunately, it’s also a window to what we all lost with Michael’s passing.

Given the few cameras used and the hours of film, the seamless nature of the songs and the continuity is remarkable. Just remember though, that as a fan, it is very powerful to watch and so sad to know what will never be again.



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