Movie Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’

What Is It?: Aidin Vaziri | There’s a simple disclaimer at the beginning of “Michael Jackson’s This Is It.” It reads, “For the fans.” It shouldn’t be ignored. Those who stuck with the troubled pop icon after his universe shifted from the charts to the tabloids probably will find equal measures of inspiration and heartbreak in the documentary. For everyone else, it’s a strange offering. Pieced together using a reported 120 hours of rehearsal footage shot at Los Angeles’ Staples Center just before Jackson’s death on June 25, it’s a concert film without an audience. There’s no discernible beginning or end. It’s padded with mind-numbing scenes of dancers learning their moves. And the star, whose name appears in the title, seems completely unaware that he’s on camera. Read more.

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