I finally caught up with Kenny Ortega’s Michael Jackson rehearsal film, This is It. I see why people like it so much–Jackson still had more chops than most people dream of. But the movie’s strength–its bare-bones straight-on simplicity–is a weakness for Oscar voters. I don’t see them loving the filmmaking so passionately that they put it on their Oscar ballot.
Described as a This Is It trailer (for the single), this odd little Spike Lee joint is more of a reminiscence and homage to Jackson: