Michael Jackson’s This Is It ~ Documentary or Mockumentary?

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So we finally have made our analyse of the This Is It movie, or as we like to call it: mockumentary.

Before we proceed we’d like to say that there is nothing wrong with the movie itself. Kenny did a great job editing, no comment on that. The clips shot at Culver look awesome, I hope we will see them fully one time. Dancers, background vocals and musicians: great! Michael’s voice sounds fantastic, even though he is not giving 100%.
No, it’s the MJ’s in action we would like to review and the lack of normal footage of him in close-up without sunglasses. We will not analyze faces, because that is impossible. Face shots are snippets, he’s wearing sunglasses, the footage is too dark or it’s not close enough to see clearly. It’s the movements we will analyze. Also you all must have heard that there are different versions, we just watched one of them, otherwise it would be a mess.

First we have the dancers, what a drama and overacting. Particularly Shannon Holzapffel. We looked at eachother in the cinema and had to stop ourselves from laughing our asses off.
Then we hear Kenny say some things, the Lightman part and some special effects, before we start with the first song:

Wanna be startin’ somethin’

Our keyplayers:
– Red-pants
– Suit-guy

First weird thing here is that the audio is unedited, while the video is and that’s not only here, but in almost the whole film. So we can say for a fact that at least 1 of the MJ’s could be lipsyncing, maybe even both. The audio sounds new, but also a live recording can be lipsynced, you just have to rehearse it.
Then we have Red-pants. Who the hell is that? We both agree that this is not Michael Jackson. His movements are way off. It looks like he is not in control of his arms and legs and the dancing is far from what we are used to from MJ.
Suit-guy is a different story. His movements look way more familia. We are not 100% on it at all, because we do not see his face clearly, we do not hear him talk while looking in the camera, so he could also be a double that can move, but based on the movements, he could be Michael Jackson.

The auditions of the dancers

Well, we only see a snippet of MJ, but in our opinion, it’s not him. The eyes are small and he lookes almost Asian.

Jam

Our keyplayers:
– Red-pants
– Suit-guy

Actually exactly the same as with Wanna be startin’ somethyin’. Red-pants no way, Suit-guy could be him.

Drill

Our keyplayers:
– Red-pants
– Suit-guy
– Gold-pants
– Cool moof (black O2 shirt)

Chomp chomp, defa cool moof…. Oh my, here we almost pissed our pants and got banned from the cinema. WHO THE HELL IS THAT?? Well, at least it was funny. His movements are sharp though, maybe he had a dentist appointment just before that rehearsal…
The other ones? The footage is too short to comment on, so we won’t.

They don’t care about us

Our keyplayer:
– Suit-guy

Is this MJ? Hmmmm, we are again not sure. It also seems we see 2 different persons in the same outfit. The special effects with the army is great though.
The audio is not a live recording. We compared it with the They don’t care about us/History footage of the History tour and it’s exactly the same. So this is a lipsync for sure.
Another thing that is odd is that we watched two different clips of this: the one released short after June 25 by AEG and the clip from the movie, and there is a part with the guitarist that was shot from a different angle. That would be impossible, since the cameraguy claimed in an interview that everything was recorded with just 1 camera.

Human Nature

Our keyplayers:
– Red-pants
– Suit-guy
– Gold-pants
– Penguin-guy

The penguin-guy in the jacket with the pointy shoulders is not Michael Jackson, no way. His shoulders are too small, his movements are feminine and not sharp at all. We don’t think you should be fooled by the ‘live’ audio, this can be easily recorded earlier by MJ himself and lipsynced.
Then we see Red-pants again with an even weirder penguin move, and also Suit-guy and Gold-pants. These last two look like they could be Michael Jackson, Red-pants and Penguin-guy are definately NOT Michael Jackson in our opinion.

Smooth Criminal

Our keyplayers:
– Cool moof
– Red-pants
– Gold-pants
– Smooth Criminal

The clip looks great and we both share the opinion that we see the real Michael Jackson in the clip shot at Culver. Red-pants is off again with the moves, we think we can even say the guy can’t dance, or he’s trying hard pretending and Cool moof just doesn’t look like Michael Jackson. Smooth Criminal has great moves and Gold-pants looks ok too, so maybe that could be him? Again not sure, just going by the movements.

The way you make me feel

Our keyplayers:
– Blackie
– Red-pants
– Blue blouse

Blackie knows all his songs and records accoring to the keyboardplayer….well that should be of use if you are MJ and have to perform them on 50 gigs…weird thing to say. We think the guy meant that this double did his homework, ’cause it ain’t Michael Jackson.
And then again Red-pants… That ‘guy’ is so off! He flies over the stage like a guy fairy. No way this is Michael Jackson, looks more like a woman to us.
Blue blouse is manly and has broad shoulders and the movements look familiar. This one is on our doubt-list.

Jackson 5 Medley

Our keyplayer:
– Blue blouse

It seems live, and Blue blouse is on our doubt-list, so this could be Michael Jackson. What we do think is weird, is that he looks insecure and not used to the in-ear. He has been on stage his whole life, did he never wear one? Movements familiar, so Blue blouse is still on the doubt-list.

Shake your body

Our keyplayers:
– The dancers

It is obvious that they are promoting new talent. The dancers are awesome and this clip shows it. I bet they will be booked like crazy.

I just can’t stop loving you

Our keyplayer:
– Penguin-guy

To us this was more like I just can’t stop laughing at you. No way that was Michael Jackson, we even dare to say: no way that’s a guy! He is not sexy AT ALL, and I think Judith’s face at the end says it all. How can people even think this is MJ? We almost pissed our pants again and the ‘true fans’ in the cinema really wanted to kill us at that point.

Thriller

Our keyplayers:
– Red-shirt
– Ed Hardey-pants

New clip looks fantastic, but 3D at a concert? Wanna give them all 3D-glasses? And what about the people in the back?
Red-shirt doesn’t even dance, so no comment on him, except that we don’t think he’s Michael Jackson, Ed Hardey-pants has the moves and is absolutely on our doubt-list.

Beat It

Our keyplayers:
– Lift-guy
– Red-shirt
– Silver Jacket

Lift-guy could be MJ, we have no reason to expect he is not, so on our doubt-list. Red-shirt has the moves, but we are not sure about him. Why the glasses? Something to hide Red-shirt? At least the guy can dance. Silver Jacket is on our doubt-list, he could be MJ and this is absolutely not the same guy as Red-pants, who also wears that silver jacket. But again, not sure.

Black or White

Our keyplayers:
– 2 Jackets
– White blouse

2 Jackets seems to be singing live and gives us the MJ-vibe, so definitely on the doubt-list! The guy in the white blouse? Not even near the doubt list.
Good to see that also the guitarists get their moment, great musicians, great performance.

Earth Song

Our keyplayer:
– Ed Hardey-pants

Michael’s way of making us all aware of our planet again, good clip, adorable girl. Ed Hardey-pants was already on our doubt-list, and absolutely holds this position.

Billie Jean

Our keyplayer:
– Blue O2-blouse

Well, he can move, but that is not Michael Jackson. A lot of movements are off and WTF is with the sunglasses. They are obviously bothering him, so why not just take them off? And Billie Jean without a moonwalk is no Billie Jean. Sorry man, nice try, but we don’t buy it.

Man in the Mirror

Our keyplayer:
– Blue O2-blouse

Blue O2-blouse couldn’t make our doubt-list with Billie Jean, and he doesn’t make it with this performance either. Does he have a stick in his butt? He bearly moves…

This Is It – Credits

In the credits of the movie, the song I Hadn’t Anyone Till You, written by Ray Noble and performed by Hedda Brooks, is mentioned. This is performed in the movie ‘In a lonely place’ that is also mentioned in the credits, and of which we see a snippet in the Smooth Criminal clip. We both don’t remember hearing this song in the film, but the lyrics are nice:

I hadn’t anyone till you
I was a lonely one till you
I used to lie awake and wonder if there could be,
A someone in the wide world just made for me
Now I see I had to save my love for you
I never gave my love till you
And thru my lonely heart demanding it
Cupid took a hand in it
I hadn’t anyone till you.

The song This Is It is listed as “written and performed by Michael Jackson”. The song was released on October 12, and on the very same day TMZ reports:
“Paul Anka says the special administrators of Michael Jackson’s estate gave him a 50% cut of “This Is It” … after he said Michael “stole” the original recordings from his studio back in the 80s.”
Various media sourses mentioned the movie wasn’t even finished days before it went into premiere, so why wasn’t Paul Anka added to the credits of the This Is It song?

Why is The Michael Jackson Company mentioned? If you call them, the phone is answered by MJJ Kingdom.

Dead Reckoning, His Girl Friday, Suddenly, Last Summer, Tokyo John, and The Whole Town Is Talking are mentioned, all movies to our best knowledge, but we didn’t recognize them, or we simply didn’t see them.

After the credits

Our keyplayer:
– Penguin-guy

Final words:

Let’s just wait right there, and have a break there. Let me breath in my own time when/and I come back then. I’m gonna button my shirt, my jacket, I look around, play with them. Snap my fingers and BAM!

Let us say that that’s another confirmation that Michael Jackson is alive and kicking, and that he has a great sense of humor. 😉

So have we seen Michael himself in this mockumentary? We really don’t have a clue. Some are on the doubt-list, but we are absolutely not 100% sure. We think that they should rename the film, because in our honest opinion, because so few people notice that there are so many different MJ’s in this movie, a better title would have been:

This Is It, Michael Jackson’s Big Optical Illusion

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butterfly
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Funny you named the movie a mockumentary. I thought the same thing and said on another blog I didn’t believe MJ was in much of the movie. I think only MJ was seen once, maybe twice at the most. I’ve been a fan for many years, but unlike a lot of fans, I am not caught up in emotions regarding him. MJ did In this movie, what he does best. Always keep em’ guessing.” ( that and of course great music) . Good viewpoint of the movie.

Angelguard
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Very complete and detailed analyze. I saw the movie twice. In the first time, the whole family went together to see it: my husband and I, my oldest son and wife, my youngest son and his fiancé, and my granddaughter who is 10. All of us were very emotional due to Michael’s “death” but, even with my brain “turned off” (lol), I notice “penguin guy” and “red pants” couldn’t be Michael. No way! So obvious! In the second time, to be honest, I got very confused and couldn’t recognize Michael in any one of them (lol). Now I’ll wait for… Read more »
Ilaria
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Your full of shit, actually nuts you know that, oh man. Watching a different movie i’ll say.

HILDA
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tantas paginas,que salen falsas o verdaderas?? no lo sabemos lo único que nos mantiente pendientes de Michael Jackson es el amor sincero hacia él,y todavía así debemos tener cuidado de no hostigarlo si realmente vive¡ pues no lo creo capaz de hacerle daño a sus hijos principlamente Blanket me preocupa,es un desajuste emocional tan pequeño,si nosotros como fans a veces parecemos obsesionados pues ahora todos éstos acontecimientos son tan díficiles para los niños,Michael ¡hurra por ti te lo mereces¡Dios bendiga a todos especialmente tu espíritu limpio como siempre fuera de toda mal pensamiento,besos my baby, I’M LOVE YOU MORE ,en… Read more »
LOU
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Your analysis is ridiculous. That was MJ.. to laugh at him when singing I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.. shame on you. You are comparing him to when he last performed.. that was a long time ago, he was no longer like that.

teensy
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Ilaria :Your full of shit, actually nuts you know that, oh man. Watching a different movie i’ll say.

You don’t have to agree, but that was down-right rude.

I agree that there were doubles in the movie. I have not seen the movie, but all the clips they’ve shown,pictures, and trailers. Even in those you notice that ‘Michael’ looks off. There are pictures where he looks off as well.

supy
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I think penguin guy is LaToya

Required
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I dont go in for much of the death hoax thing, and i think there are alot of easy answers to alot of the questions you raise i think the i just cant stop loving you guy is the actual michael jackson, ithink if theres one in this movie thats him (he even does a charlie chaplin move crossing his hands and looking down as the backup singer sings to him) i think the ‘red pants’ MJ is also real, the reason he appears to be incompentant is because it was probably early rehearsal footage – and the man hadn’t… Read more »
brickangel
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if you read the names of the main executors of the 2002 last will and testament, they match with the producers of the movie. The main arranger’s name is will.i.am. I was launched by sony and AEG, and Randy Phillips, another one of the coproducers, was related to Tohme Tohme, who actually set up the 50 concert contract. He is a businessman introduced to Michael by his brother Jermaine and did a lot of deals at the end. He was married and divorced to Randy Phillips’s sister. All mixed up with italian mafia that ends up with Tommy Mottola actually… Read more »
Magdalena Schmidt
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I saw the movie already 3 times. Now I’m watching once more, reading this article and comparing. Strange for me was (beside this that there was no moonwalk – hahaha, no moonwalk in M.J`s movie? At all? No way) that the “Michael” – he or they 🙂 didn’t make a very famous move of M.J. He has a special “kick”. First he is spinning, and after throwing one leg. You can see it here: watch 0:43-0:48 sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tqYUTjQIc0 or here|: around 1:23-1:30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBumfdId1cs&feature=related So now way it was him in the movie all the time. And this funny guy in… Read more »
Magdalena Schmidt
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One more thing. I was thinking – this suppose to be the biggest come backe ever. The King Of Pop after 10 years comes back to the stage. They are making HQ movie about the whole “making of…”. And no interviev with M.J.? I don’t buy it.

Sara
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This is really interesting because when I saw red pants guy I immediately thought “that isn’t Michael” and I’m more convinced now, a few months later. Some of the others you mention as doubtful were also ones that I looked sideways at when watching the movie (I saw it three times at the cinema). I agree with the ones that you say are probably Michael too. I guess the indicator for me was that my mind wandered when watching the fakes but I was rivoted when the real MJ was on screen. I couldn’t help but notice my subconscious reaction… Read more »
NO ONE
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i love the way you called the “Person” with shoulder pads ‘penguin guy’!!
i love the bit in TII where he’s givin out 2 dat pianist and he says “little more booty!” Dats funnys!

angelusone
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Are you on drugs or something? I’m a fan for more than 25 years, I know all his faces by heart… I know his moves, how are his fingers, the shape of his nose etc…
For sure that was not Dangerous or Bad MJ, but that was him !!!! by the way the guy with red pants singing Speechless (that you forgot in your analysis btw) is not MJ then?
You know what? WAKE UP !!!

BrickAngel
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I think we need to realize the real message behind all of this. It’s a wake up call and btw that was the real Mr. Jackson giving it all. Maybe taken at different times but it was him. We must be alert to the message to love the world,not a simple thing as finding a body and a motive, but the motive behind it all. Love and yes…beware of the lack of truth

AncaMariaMJ
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OK not sure who is who.. but let me give you a clue that I noticed, the guy(s) you call Suit guy , Smooth criminal, Blue blouse, Red-shirt, Lift-guy, Silver jacket, 2 jackets have something in common, it’s that red shirt with a golden design of a lion and an M on it.. I’m surprised you haven’t noticed, it’s all over the movie.. He changes the jacket, he puts a blue blouse, a white one but still he keeps that red shirt. Who would wear the same shirt for days.. especially Michael who has an incredible wardrobe.. It’s a clue… Read more »
Magdalena Schmidt
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Hmmm…. H for a HOAX? LOL

AncaMariaMJ
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Touche.. I haven’t thought about that word, hoax.. I was wondering maybe it’s the initial of the country he’s hiding 🙂

Stephanie
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Drill

Our keyplayers:
– Red-pants
– Suit-guy
– Gold-pants
– Cool moof (black O2 shirt)

Chomp chomp, defa cool moof…. Oh my, here we almost pissed our pants and got banned from the cinema. WHO THE HELL IS THAT?? Well, at least it was funny. His movements are sharp though, maybe he had a dentist appointment just before that rehearsal…
The other ones? The footage is too short to comment on, so we won’t.

LMFAOOOOOOOOO I LITERALLY JUST SPIT OUT MY COFFEE ALL OVER MY LAPTOP , THATS GONNA BE STICKY LMAO, OMG THIS KILLED ME CHOMP CHOMP, MOOF lol 😛

Mai
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About the Jackson medley part where MJ (real or not) complains about the earpiece, which he didnt actually complained directly…mentioning about feeling like theres a fist pushed inside his ears…. IMO, its like saying “somebody’s dictating or controlling him” I may be wrong but I just interpreted it that way…althought his suggested solution may come to be a little bit off, to tone down the music a little bit..I dont know if it can be connected to the Iluminati or Mind Control Theory.

altairm
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ANCA – Very nice. If it is a “hoax”, it was VERY clever of them to throw in a little hidden message for his fans through the order of songs. The whole thing is just strange to me and I can’t stop trying to investigate. I know Michael face has changed throughout the years, but the guy in the movie just did not look like him – in my opinion. I even questioned the guy at the press conference. I mean MJ has hired doubles before so I keep that possibility in the back of my mind. It’s gotten to… Read more »
Kaz
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Who is the real “Dave, Dave” ?

YJLB
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I wanna watch the movie again after reading this LOL

kamilas
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They were all MJ. Just look at his nose – the imposters can be similiar to him, but the nose is always different. It’s surely strange, that he’s wearing sunglasses indoor, but he did it many years before while older rehearsals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7kS6JrjKuU And just think: why there would be an imposter? Michael sings with his real voice and then they replace him with imposter? This is just stupid. In all performances he comes closer to the camera and you can clearly see his face. All imposters can look similiar while they are far away, but when they come closer you… Read more »
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