Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Michael Jackson's still got it

The Michael Jackson movie comes out tomorrow. I'm not really into concert films so this is not normally something I'd be into, and true to form, those first few commercials didn't make me want to rush to the theater. The early commercials featured images of Michael onstage, fiddling with his hat and swishing around in his moonwalking shoes, looking creepy in his White Person skin. Honestly that means very little to me.

Then last night I saw an ad that totally changed my mind. It still had Michael fiddling with his hat and swishing around in his moonwalking shoes, and he still looks creepy. But this time over all that footage they played "The Way You Make Me Feel."

Instantly the song brought back feelings of joyous nostalgia. I mean, in two seconds I went from not interested to OMG I think I have to see this.

They say that your sense of smell is closely connected with memory. The smell of moth balls makes you think of grandma, the smell of booze makes you think of your dad. But one song, one little three-minute tune can bring back your entire childhood. Remember dancing around to that song and not giving a fuck who saw you because you were having so much fun? I sure as hell do.

Why on Earth they weren't using the song in that preview before last night I have no idea. Honestly I think you could sell the film better with a black screen as long as you play the song against some cheering in the background.

I haven't been to a concert in ages. I'm starting to remember why I used to go all the time.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Hey Emily,

    Great to see this post.

    Thanks for this.

    When I watch Michael Jackson's videos and pictures I can vividly recall when I was in grade 12. I only bought some of his cassettes. But from what I heard and saw, I will always remember this time as part of my fabulous childhood.

    Thank you Michael Jackson.

    I recall coming home and seeing Beat It on TV...right away I started dancing and I knew that all my personal and business endeavours would someday have some form of dancing and music in it...

    The energy, passion, anger and how well he masterfully paced his career in the 80s. He was the real deal.

    Michael Jackson on the top of the world in the 80s. Love it. I get goosebumps when I watch the Billy Jean video!

    Gone too soon, sad...

    I'm seeing this film on Friday or Thursday..

    THIS IS IT...never!


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