Yet while the movie clocks in just short of two hours long, there still feels like there's something missing even though he's played all his hits, namely any actual insight on the "man in the mirror" himself. While it's clear that he still loves the music he's created over the years, there's something that ultimately rings a little hollow about This Is It.

For a moment, he'll talk about the importance of "saving the earth" or offer up a platitude that "everything is all about love," but that's about as deep as it gets. If anything it only seems to underscore what he probably knew already—entertainment only provides a certain shallow level of fulfillment, whether you're a has-been or the King of Pop. And considering the tour never got off the ground, that can't help but make anyone feel a little sad once the ending credits have rolled.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Sex/Nudity:  There are several instances of Jackson's signature crotch-grabbing moves. The female dancers are wearing very skimpy (basically the equivalent of a bra and panties) costumes when auditioning. For one song, there are professional pole dancers used for a provocative effect.
  • Violence:  During one of the songs, Jackson is "in a movie" with Humphrey Bogart, and they shoot each other with machine guns. In the "Thriller" sequence, there are a few ghoulishly scary moments with zombies and dead brides and grooms.
  • Religion:  Michael Jackson says "God bless you" to the director and his dancers several times.

     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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