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Film Review: Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall


"Embattled Director Spike Lee's Newest Documentary is a True Masterpiece.
 Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson ‘Off the Wall’ Doc is Emotional and Entertaining

The groundbreaking documentary highlights Michael Jackson’s breakthrough album, 1979s Off the Wall. It is considered to be  the album that cemented Jackson as an adult solo star outside of The Jacksons; and it proved to be a musically significant album that announces the transition from 70s disco into 80s MTV-driven dance pop.

What's most compelling about this is the amount of celebs like  Pharrell and The Weeknd who have shown Michael Jackson’s influence musically, but also those outside of music that  have shown the scope of the King of Pop’s reach. Some examples of this include Kobe Bryant’s focus and work ethic and Misty Copeland’s spins and precision were cited as being born of watching Michael Jackson.

The Showtime Network's 93-minute documentary also took the time to chronicle MJ’s life including him landing the role of the Scarecrow in the 1978 film The Wiz! also meeting fellow music legend Quincy Jones. The film broke down each song on "Off the Wall" — one point of concern however is that  less popular songs like “Girlfriend” and “It’s the Falling in Love” notably got shortened time in the film.
Even with that small gripe, Spike Lee graciously makes up for it in one of the greatest moments of the documentary. He masterfully splices Eddie Murphy’s famous Delirious bit mocking MJ’s “She’s Out of My Life” with the King of Pop’s actual performance in a way that was both hilarious yet touching.

In case you would like to see the film, Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall premiered on Showtime on Friday (Feb. 5). It will also be available for purchase along with the famed album on Feb. 26. In the meantime you can see the film, streaming now via Hulu and The Showtime Anytime App.

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