Michael Jackson's This Is It

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Kenny Ortega (2009)

PG Certificate


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Giving the ardent admirer everything they could wish for and the cynics much to ponder, this curiously bittersweet tribute to the late Michael Jackson is better and slicker than expected, especially considering its fast turnaround after his untimely death. Director, choreographer and friend Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) assembles a heartfelt celebration from over 100 hours of auditions, interviews and rehearsal footage taken from the "King of Pop's" preparations for his ill-fated London concert series. Nothing negative or scandalous is allowed to permeate this commemoration of one of pop culture's greatest entertainers. Instead the focus is on his creative genius, driven perfectionism (including some surprisingly waspish comments to his musical director) and catalogue of chart hits (Thriller, Beat It), and the fascinating way it was all being put together for his O2 Arena comeback.


Documentary following rehearsals for the singer's planned 50-night series of concerts at London's O2, immediately before his untimely death in 2009. Featuring interviews with Jackson, performances of classic hits including Billy Jean and Wanna Be Startin' Something, and an insight into the elaborate preparations for the shows that were never staged.

Cast & Crew

Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (3)
Director Kenny Ortega

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Oct 2009
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