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.
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall is not available at this time. Instead, check out Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun, which is currently showing on MUBI.
Corralling a wealth of talking heads — ranging from family members to essential collaborators to Rosie Perez — to examine Jackson’s transition from preternatural boy-band member to supernatural solo star, this bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled “Behind the Music” special, but is no less essential than Lee’s first MJ opus, the excellent "Bad 25.
[The film] is as emotional as its subject matter. Kobe Bryant, interviewed in the documentary, says at one point, “It’s easy for people to get sidetracked. They talk about his complexion. They don’t focus on what this man was, and how he was that.” What with the tabloid frenzy of Michael Jackson’s life, not to mention his early death, Lee’s documentary is a welcome corrective as well as an almost aggressive act of redress and celebration.
Featuring Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur, and amazing Indian artists, Paul Thomas Anderson’s one-of-a-kind documentary is an intimate, eclectic, multi-cultural, multi-musical journey. Prepare to be uplifted.