Michael Jackson's This Is It Review: He's Still a Thriller

As Michael Jackson's This Is It premieres around the world, the star comes back to life as the one-of-a-kind entertainer that he was

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Fans gather in London's Leicester Square at the U.K. premiere of Michael Jackson's This Is It on Oct. 27, 2009

Death and resurrection. That's the scenario not just for gods but for pop stars who earn fans' ardor with an electrifying presence and their sympathy with very public private lives of addiction and misbehavior. The stars' talent makes them unique; their transgressions make them human. Michael Jackson, who died in June at age 50, outlived Edith Piaf and Judy Garland by three years, and Elvis by eight. (Forget Madonna — that woman is too smart to self-immolate.) Jackson's bizarre resculpting of his features, his litigious shenanigans with his youngest admirers, his obsession with being an eternal preadolescent, a petrified Peter Pan:...

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