Amidst the news reports of Michael Jackson’s death (which I still don’t believe because they were delivered via twitter) came the announcement that Paramount was going to take rehearsal footage from what was meant as a comeback tour and turn it into a documentary called This is It.
Now, that dream has been realized in stunning real-time because I’m sure the executives want to release the film as quickly as possible to honor the King of Pop’s memory. And not, you know, to capitalize on the wave of popularity that the singer gained only in passing.
Cynicism aside, the trailer is actually pretty solid. It pieces together some really solid footage and has a good concept as the through line. One last dream to share with the public. One more time to deliver something the world has never seen before. There’s no denying that Jackson was a phenomenal artist. Here’s hoping the film captures that:
As jaded as I am, I almost wanted that hugely epic introduction to the trailer to end with Rob Schneider as Deuce Bigolo staring back at the camera and farting or saying some terrible one-liners. Fortunately, this documentary is no joke.
Unfortunately, I just can’t help but thinking that while sharing this with the world, it seems like blatant (not even thinly veiled!) capitalizing on the death of a celebrity. I’m just thanking the Pagan Gods that I worship in my spare time that they haven’t announced a Michael Jackson Guitar Hero game.
Oh, Gods, they’re gonna do that now aren’t they?
Seriously. They will right?