- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Alison Graham
A spectacularly imploding private life and a strange, premature death have both done much to obscure the fact that Michael Jackson was the most brilliant pop performer.
Longtime fan, film director Spike Lee pays homage to his idol with this scintillating documentary, a thorough look at the album that came after Thriller — Bad, in 1987. Bad cemented Jackson’s place in the world, selling 45 million copies and securing five consecutive American number one singles.
In Bad 25, Lee conscientiously goes through each of the album’s tracks: songs of shimmering brilliance such as The Way You Make Me Feel, Man
in the Mirror and Smooth Criminal, with footage — a lot of it never seen before and shot by Jackson — of recording sessions and the world
tour that followed.
Contributors include Martin Scorsese, Kanye West and Sheryl Crow, who was a backing singer on the Bad tour.
About this programme
Spike Lee's documentary assessing and celebrating Michael Jackson's 1987 release Bad, which spawned five consecutive US number one singles. Featuring interviews conducted by Lee himself with those involved in the making of the album, the accompanying videos and the tour, with contributions by Martin Scorsese, Walter Yetnikoff, Kanye West, CeeLo Green and Sheryl Crow.
Cast and crew
- Martin Scorsese
- Walter Yetnikoff
- Kanye West
- CeeLo Green
- Sheryl Crow
- Spike Lee