This Is It

Synopsis: In the weeks before his death, Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was rehearsing a show, "This Is It," that was to open in July. This film begins with a few of the auditioning dancers speaking to the camera about why they're trying out and what Jackson means to them. Then we plunge into rehearsals at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The film is arranged by musical number with pre-recorded material and footage from Jackson's various rehearsals edited together to take us through what would have been the concert's set list.
Director(s): Kenny Ortega
Production: Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures
  7 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Where you from?

I'm from Holland, and this is like...

Ten hours for me.

It's, like, across the world.

I came here for this audition.

I told all my boys at home I'm coming

to funk in front of Michael onstage.

I'm just gonna dance for him. I don't care

if I make it, I don't care about nothing.

Thank you, Michael. I'm excited.

You've inspired everything

in my life. My energy.

You're why I dance.

I can remember being a little girl and

watching "Thriller" on TV with my mom

and thinking that that was

the coolest thing in the world.

I go to sleep and just wake up,

and the first thing I do is not even eat.

I just start playing your music and start

just dancing and moon-walking on a rug.

I was like, "What I would give

to be onstage with you."

And the fact that I get to do

that is... It's amazing, so...

I'm from Australia...

And, um, I got word of your audition

two days before it was about to happen

and I was on the next flight over.

It begins. This is... This is the

beginning. I'm not even onstage yet.

Like, I can't even imagine what's gonna

happen backstage that first show in London.

I'm looking even farther ahead. I don't even know

what I wanna do after this because this is Michael.

I wanted to dance,

you know what I mean?

And that inspiration came from,

you know, you.

And you've inspired me and given me

a reason to want to inspire others.


Life is hard, right?

And I've kind of been searching for

something to shake me up a little bit

and give me a kind of a meaning,

to believe in something.

And this is it.

So we open the show, as

you know, with all the lights down.

We're gonna create a spectacular

opening with pyrotechnics.

And we want some sizzles

and some cracks and some pops.

We have our video that is called

"Glimpses and Flashes."

And that's where Light Man comes out

on the gantry, floating above the stage,

and he'll just be dazzling

in video information.

And piece by piece

by piece by piece,

MJ is revealed, until he jumps out

and on Michael's command,

we begin.



You wanna be startin' somethin'

You got to be startin' somethin'

You wanna be startin' somethin'


Startin' somethin'

Hard to get over

Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah

Stuck in the middle

Yeah, yeah

And the pain is thunder

Yeah, yeah

Hard to get over

Yeah, yeah

Too low to get under

Yeah, yeah

Stuck in the middle

Yeah, yeah

And the pain is thunder

Yeah, yeah

You love to pretend

That you're good

When you're always

Up to no good

So your tongue became a razor

Someone's always


To start my baby



Now baby's

Slowly dyin'

Startin' somethin'

You got to be

Startin' somethin'

I said you wanna be

Startin' somethin'

Startin' somethin'

Hard to get over

Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah

Stuck in the middle

Yeah, yeah

And the pain is thunder

Yeah, yeah

Hard to get over

Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah

Stuck in the middle

Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah

You're a vegetable

You're a vegetable

You're a vegetable

You're a vegetable

Still they hate you

Still they hate you

You're a vegetable

You're a vegetable

A buffet

A buffet

You're a vegetable

You're a vegetable

They eat off of you

They eat off of you

You're a vegetable



You know I'm gonna

want that more, right?


It's funkier.

I'm not feeling

that part enough.



As in running next to him.

It's not there.

Okay, it should be.

It should be.

I know, it's all for love.

It's coming there.

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