The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ...
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This new unedited footage tapped by Michael Jackson's team in Neverland, offers a true representation of the controversial TV special "Living with Michael Jackson" of Martin Bashir, very far from the twisted initial broadcast.
The video clip on "Stranger in Moscow" was filmed by director and photographer Nick Brandt, the singer already worked with him on "Earth Song". According to the plot of the colorless roller... See full summary »
The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoilWritten by
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We're embarking on this tour for many reasons, but mainly because of our mother. Our father, too, for the dream that they had... an American dream... that started a long, long time ago, when our ancestors came here... slaves... oppressed people... beaten down, beaten up... You know, we've come a long, long way from 2300 Jackson Street, when my brothers and I used to long for a color T.V. We weren't beaten down by poverty, and we're not going to be beaten down by fame, either. 'Cause this is ...
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This is one of those movies that you know contains factual "liberties" but you don't care because it still does its job of entertaining you. Given the time constraints, even as long as it was, there just was not adequate time to tell each family member's mini story. Having said that, I think the public would very much enjoy a longer version to include the missing elements. Maybe now?
As far the performances, I was most impressed by the actors playing Michael, especially Wylie Draper. He was phenomenal at capturing Michael's style and personality. I also loved Angela Bassett and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs in their roles. Angela played Katherine Jackson as a loving mother that was a source of comfort for Michael. Lawrence's portrayal of Joeseph was excellent as a demanding task master that, underneath it all, just wanted more for his family than what they had waiting for them in Gary, Indiana. The other brothers were adequate and it was also interesting to see Terrence Howard at this early point in his career.
I agree with another reviewer who noted the glossing over of Michael's early solo career. As someone who distinctly remembers the "Off the Wall" period, I was disappointed that it was not given adequate screen time. Some of the highlights for me involved scenes where the brothers were all together having fun and goofing off, which showed them a close-knit family that cared for one another. I also loved the ending scene with the brothers singing "Thank You". Chills.
Overall, really enjoyable with great performances and choreography that sent me right back to my childhood. I was 4 when ABC came out. Whenever I see images of the Jackson 5 on stage or hear the familiar refrains of their songs, it just brings a smile to my face. This movie is a must for all Jackson fans.
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