According to CNN, Elizabeth Taylor loves the Michael Jackson movie “This is It” so much she actually wrote more than 20 tweets on Twitter about it. With one of Elizabeth Taylor’s tweets of Michael Jackson’s movie saying “It is the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen. It cements forever Michael’s genius in every aspect of creativity.”, the only think I can ask is “Dramatic much?”
Come on Elizabeth, “the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen”? Better than Citizen Cane, The African Queen, All Quiet on the Western Front, On the Waterfront, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and, of course, Elizabeth Taylor’s own Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Obviously, Elizabeth Taylor was a close friend of Michael Jackson’s, but to say this concert movie (because that’s all “This is It” is, a movie about preparations for a concert) is the most “brilliant piece of filmmaking” is beyond stupid.
Sure, Michael Jackson may have been a genius (although, I’m not one of the people who believes that). He may have been an incredible musician and songwriter (not a particularly wonderful singer in my opinion though), but to say things like “I wept from pure joy at his God given gift. There will never, ever be the likes of him again” is high-drama to the extreme. Michael Jackson was just a singer. A popular one, of course. But there are thousands of singers throughout the world who are as good as Michael Jackson was or better.
So, to have an aging actress who has been known throughout her life as being overly dramatic (and, don’t get me wrong, I love Elizabeth Taylor), talk about Michael Jackson like he was Jesus walking on water is simply laughable.
On top of this melodrama, there have also been reports by the British newspaper News of the World that Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, has said he even doubts some of the footage of Michael Jackson is even him. Saying “body doubles” were likely used, to me that also seems possible. Let’s face it, if you look at news footage of Michael Jackson just weeks before he died, the man could barely walk. Then to see him up on stage in previews for “This is It” dancing like he was 18 years old, hardly seems possible.
It would be a shame if this is true, but even more so for Elizabeth Taylor. After all, she may have to eat her “the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking” words, or admit she was correct – it was the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking ever made, if the real star, Michael Jackson, wasn”t actually the guy doing the dancing, because of Jackson’s terrible physical condition.
SOURCES: CNN – Elizabeth Taylor tweets praises of Michael Jackson’s genius in This is It