Director Spike Lee chronicles Michael Jackson's early rise to fame.
Director Spike Lee chronicles Michael Jackson's early rise to fame.
Michael Jackson ja Off the Wall
I'm notoriously clueless about music so while the content and analysis provided might be remedial to a lot of folks I found it pretty interesting despite being formally rather bland. Entirely worth it though for all the archival performance footage.
Prefer Bad 25, even though I'm much, much more enthusiastic about this phase of Jackson's career (and consider Off the Wall by far his best solo album). Track-by-track approach doesn't kick in until the second half, and is often decidedly ho-hum; celebrity interviews are more plentiful and less useful, with David Byrne on hand seemingly only because a confused P.A. heard Lee yell "get me some Talking Heads!" Very standard-issue. However, I did learn that Stevie Wonder wrote "I Can't Help It," which jesus christ of course he did. (Had the same forehead-slapping reaction when I learned that he wrote "Tell Me Something Good": How did I not instantly know that? It's especially embarrassing because Wonder is my favorite recording artist of all time, and whoever's in second is a very distant second.)
This documentary on the impressive, to say the least, Michael Jackson...Is GOLD. Can't help but think of the time and skill at which Spike Lee puts into this needed to be told Documentary on the life of Michael Jackson leading up to his release of OFF THE WALL. The old footage. As clear as it can be. Stunning. The editing is incredible. The interviews from the people who were there, in the studio. To the people who were influenced in and around the time of Michael, and the Jackson 5. I didn't want it to end. And yet, I'm reminded of just how extraordinary of a talent Michael was. And the extraordinary sad events on how we lost him.
I'm not the biggest documentary watcher, so I don't have a lot of docs to compare this to but I pretty much find them all good and educational in some way, and when you have one that's about the king of pop? Yeah, it's gonna be a good time.
The doc spends all of its time focusing on his early (and best) years, from The Jackson 5 to The Jacksons, to being his own name with his first album, "Off the Wall", a great album that gets unjustly overshadowed by the biggest album of all time, "Thriller".
For those of you that have access to the channel Showtime, that's where I watched it!
Now... what if I told you that this is my first Spike Lee film...
I know. I'm ashamed.
Spike Lee's fascinating look at the evolution of Michael Jacksons early career. The film features many of the people who influenced and worked with MJ in his early career as a solo artist. It does a really great job of showing how impactful the music is and how smart and talented Michael actually was. It's easy to forget or overlook all the great things that Michael Jackson gave the world with the accusations and the rumors that clouded the end of his career. It was nice to be able to enjoy his music and accomplishments without being constantly reminded of how dark it eventually got.
I'm truly sad that my daughter will grow up in a world without Michael Jackson…
Serves as a nice little companion project to the far superior, in-depth, and riveting Bad 25, but it's still good and insightful. Would like to see more documentaries about Jackson's career from Spike to be honestly because there's so much to go into.
Yes, we've heard the Michael Jackson story 100 times by now. But this takes a fresh perspective - examining his transition from group member to solo artist. And, as archive footage of Michael often tends to do, re-reminds you what a focused, genius talent he was - and from such a young age. The contributors are of the highest calibre. There's not a huge amount of criticism but, at this stage in his career/life at least, he didn't really put too many steps wrong. The Studio 54 section tickled me too.
Following on from Lee's Bad 25 this is another fan film, taking us from 'lil Michael to adult MJ. The second half breaks down Off The Wall track by track and essentially the whole thing comes across like a slightly slicker Behind The Music. Loads of famous talking heads (and yes David Byrne is in it), with some nice nods towards Gamble and Huff (still no documentary on these guys, really?) and Rod Temperton. Loads of famous faces, Questlove (of course) Rosie Perez, Kobie Bryant, Stevie Wonder to name a few and Lee has to push himself infront of the camera, when not being heard behind it. This is of course the best era of Jackson's career, his best album and one of the most influential records in modern musical history. A film for MJ fans and a good starting point for the younger generation too.
Michael Jackson's albums have gotten special editions for some time now, and it's no surprise that Off The Wall will get a new one soon. This documentary accompanies the rerelease, directed by Spike Lee.
This is a documentary about how Michael Jackson went from a member of The Jacksons in the late 70's to becoming a rising solo artist with his biggest (but not first) solo album to date, Off The Wall.
This is pretty much your standard "talking head documentary", and as with everything MJ, you will hear a lot of gushing. 90 minutes of gushing in fact, which is understandable. But the highlight might not be that, but seeing a lot of how he matured and evolved as…
It's still hard to think MJ has left the building. This film looks at his early years up to his first solo album.
The young Michael, with his older brothers, was an electric performer. A little bundle of dynamite. But even by the time of 'Off The Wall' something weird was happening, and it is hinted at in this film, if not directly addressed.
There are top-class talking heads here, and ultimately they all agree that MJ's first solo album was 'classic disco' that probably 'never dates'. It was a piece of music that was not exclusively black, and indeed the artist started to move away from his roots physically after the bounce and energy of this work.
The boy was growing up. Except, as we all know now, he didn't.
I enjoyed all the archival footage of MJ, of course. But this feels way too bland and empty. It didn't feel like Spike was trying to tell Michael's story. It was more of a series of random interviews that do not interlink with one another. I was bored whenever Michael wasn't on screen.
Gave me the fucking Michael Jackson fever and overall new found appreciation for Off The Wall, and the remarkably talented man behind it. This man is an icon in every sense of the word, created through hard work and love. So many great moments, and Spike Lee uses the documentary format to create something that plays as a mixtape of Michael Jackson's pre-Thriller days and charming talking heads who elevate the whole shtick of talking about why an amazing artist is amazing. Got this album stuck in my head, along with Rick James randomly. Right now I've just a lot of Aows! on my mind.
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I appreciate that this particular documentary acknowledges the racist and sexist connotations behind the movement that led to the death of disco. Beyond that, I don't think that this is quite as strong as Spike Lee's other MJ doc, but it's still very informative and enjoyable. I hope he goes for the hat trick and makes one about Thriller.
wow....MJ really could’ve been stereotyped as the child actor who was only famous as a kid...but that mf hustled to become the GOAT. To me, it’s so kool that he left MoTown & joined Epic and learned sooooo much there. that’s what helped him become a musical genius... Also, this mf MJ could DANCE. He could really move his body quick af. Crazy ass spins. MJ became MJ on this album...from trademark yells and grunts on songs to his dance moves, stage performance, and clothes (shiny socks/shoes). I’m so glad I got to master each track of Off the Wall a long time before watching this doc, becuz every song is so fuccing good lol. I bumped this album for so…
Love this... Just love this, I love MJ with all my heart, we had and still have a ton of talent people in this world but to me MJ was the most talent human being that ever walked on Earth... Too bad people were out to get him and his carrer declined. Can't imagine what else this man would've done to impress the world.
Em comemoração do aniversário do Michael, só senti falta dos depoimentos do Quincy, embora tenham registros e comentários antigos dele, ótimo presente para os fãs
Spike Lee retrata de forma perfeita uma das fases mais interessantes da vida do Michael. onde mostra suas inspirações, pontos chaves de sua vida, início de seus planejamentos e metas solo.
o Off The Wall é a definição de Michael Jackson sendo o Michael Jackson de fato. com ideias, o jeito de montar as melodias, suas habilidades vocais e interpretativas. sem Off The Wall não existiria Thriller. a parceria Quincy + MJ origina-se ali. o contexto histórico do final da década de 70 e a ascenção da Disco Music contribuem pra um dos maiores trabalhos já feitos na história da música.
mais do que um aprendizado filmográfico, esse documentário também é um aprendizado sobre as etapas de uma produção de um álbum em si. brilhante.
Excellent documentary by Spike Lee diving deep into the making of Michael Jackson's most important solo debut album: Off the Wall. Lot's of interesting commentary, some truly spectacular live performance footage, and lots of creative directing touches that do a great job of telling the story of this album's birth & impact. Good stuff.
Spike Lee is an excellent director.
Off The Wall is the best Michael Jackson's album. Sorry for 'Thriller' fans, it just ain't gonna change.
Some people are just magical geniuses.
(ENGLISH) :: Considering the very-important and relevant album they're talking about, it's very unfortunate that spike jones seems to only have spoken to several famous friends and a few motown guys to "gossip" about off the wall. You don't feel the epicness and greatness of MJ and his art, neither his artistic process nor his creative "eye" .. everything feels quite bland and flat .. it feels like jones recorded it (and edited - because the editing is really bad) in a weekend barbeque with his friends. It ends up feeling reduced to just a point of view of a certain age and gender sector, when Michael was much, much more global and his concept was much more complex than…
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This is the second time I watch this documentary directed by Spike Lee, I loved it the first time and seeing it again just confirmed my appreciating to it and the 'Off the Wall' album.
It's a fantastic album that put MJ into the Map as a solo artist, the tracks most of all no including the ballads are full on funky and disco that really get you in happy and exciting mood. But it is the opinion of all those people in the documentary that makes it so interesting to watch.
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