One morning, a television set broke down in a living room in Gary, Indiana, leaving a large family of children with nothing to do—so they started singing. Soon the family was singing at talent shows and winning trophies.
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Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the WallDirected bySpike Lee
A restrained Spike Lee joint that eschews gossip or controversy to delight us with nothing more than Michael and the music. The first half fast forwards through the Jacksons' childhood career and then develops into the main subject, a song-by-song analysis of Off the Wall. Along the way we're treated to commentary from MJ himself and others (some questionable celeb choices) plus great archival footage and stills.
A fantastic doc. Few films have truly shown how dynamic, charismatic, and magical Michael really was. From opening sequence, the entire audience was tapping it's feet, smiling ear to ear. The never before seen footage is incredible and Lee brilliantly narrows his focus on just a small chapter in MJ's life and career. Boring talking heads and Spike Lee's annoying presence hold this back from being perfect.
Had a smile on my face the entire time. This is mandatory viewing for anybody who wants to understand why Michael Jackson was invincible in what he was doing.
For sure it's not perfect. It does not go into the Jehovah's Witness days of Michael, the childhood trauma and everything but it explains very well the importance of his early days.A fantastic reminder, a great and entertaining film.Spike Lee's best in years.
Spike Lee does a great job here, letting his often subjective voice take a back seat and instead allows the music (and some fantastic talking heads) do the talking. The interviewees give fascinating insight into the most significant pivotal period during Jackson's stratospheric career. A joy and a pleasure to be transported back.