Monday, February 22, 2016

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Director: Spike Lee. 93 min. Documentary.

Before the 80s came along, before his fame superseded his music, before he became (ahem) ... weird, this was the Michael Jackson we grew up with and enjoyed. Spike Lee understands there was a pre-"Thriller" era, when a huge population loved "Off the Wall" - and therefore handles this groundbreaking album with tender loving care; first introducing MJ's roots and how he rose to independence, then interviewing experts (from Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder to Pharrell Williams) to analyze every single song of that album. Another film that makes you wish the artist was still around, and still sang like that.

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