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Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Spike Lee

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About the Movie

Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer who ever lived, makes his mark with his first solo album as an adult — Off The Wall — but to tell the story of this album you have to go back to the beginning. This film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael’s evolution from the early days as a member of the Jackson Five to the point Michael decides it is finally time to release his first solo album — featuring his own music and with him having ultimate creative control. Spike then offers an in-depth look at each of the individual tracks on this seminal album, the cultural significance of Off The Wall and the impact it continues to have on today’s artists. The individuals who were interviewed for the documentary include some of today’s most important artists, e.g., John Legend, Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd and Mark Ronson, as well as other cultural icons, such as Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryan, and L.A. Reid. It is clear that the influence of The King of Pop and Off The Wall continue to be felt today.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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93%
  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: He's made a fan's film, and he's happy to let us know it, shouting out questions from behind the camera and cackling loudly when he particularly likes an answer. – Mike Hale, New York Times, Feb 4, 2016

Fresh: Of course Jackson isn't here to discuss matters for himself, and Lee's documentary is, ultimately, enjoyably nostalgic, but says little more than what we already know. – Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 2, 2016

Fresh: This bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled "Behind the Music" special, but is no less essential than Lee's first MJ opus, the excellent "Bad 25." – Guy Lodge, Variety, Feb 5, 2016

Fresh: Lee keeps his celebration smart and not soppy. He gets you excited, makes you feel the moment, see what was new in it, why it mattered. – Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, Feb 5, 2016

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Customer Reviews

AMAZING

Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer to ever live. not only that, but he was a perfectionist, a listener, an absorber; He truly dedicated himself to his craft, and as Michael would say he “learned from the greats to be greater”. Spike Lee did a great job of capturing Michael’s genius.

Wow!!

The greatest of all time. What a documentary! Inspiring.

Good Documentary… but preachy

I like Spike Lee, but the doc has a preachy tone… as if he’s trying to sell MJ and Off the Wall to people who never heard of him. The parts where MJ actually appears in historical footage, especially his younger years with the Jacksons and Jackson 5, are priceless. What I like about the doc revolves around MJ’s appearances, Quincy Jones and his recording brothers and buddies. A little too much talking up MJ's greatness… that is signature Spike Lee… a director who lacks restraint when it is most needed. With a softer touch, this doc would have soared. MJ was such a lovely artist and moving figure in music. We miss him.

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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