‘This Is It’ fascinating insight into King of Pop’s methods

Kevin Speirs

Michael Jackson is perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time, yet little is known regarding his motives and work ethic. His extravagant spectacles became the norm when he performed, garnering him some ridicule regarding his ego.

The mystery of what went on in Jackson’s mind may never be fully understood, but “This Is It” gives his fans insight into his creative genius.

Opening with interviews of those auditioning for dance positions on the tour, the film explicitly shows some of the influence Jackson has had. Shots from his press conference announcing his final tour in England reveal that Jackson’s excitement matched that of his hysteric fans.

The love affair between Jackson and his fans was not like that of a mass worshiping a god but rather a mutual appreciation that feeds off of each other.

The rest of the movie focuses on rehearsals leading up to the shows. Beginning with the rehearsal for “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” Jackson shows off the best dancing in the movie. His movements seem effortless, while the younger, more able-bodied dancers behind him struggle to keep up.

One of the most intriguing parts of the movie is during the rehearsal for “Human Nature.” Jackson becomes so involved in the song he sings to the limits of his voice.

Afterwards, he tells the band that he got carried away and not to let him do it again so he can save his voice for the shows.

The film at times dragged with the redundancy of the rehearsals, but managed to keep interest with the music and Jackson’s abilities.

“This Is It” may not be for everyone, but it is a must see for Jackson enthusiasts or anyone who wants insight into the processes of a genius.