Si le documentaire s’adresse, bien entendu, en particulier aux fans, je trouve qu’il est toujours très intéressant pour tout le monde de voir les étapes de création,de réalisation, et de travail fourni par l’un des plus grands artistes de l’histoire, avant de finaliser son œuvre. Que ce soit This is it, BAD 25 (et la plupart des reportages sur MJ, je ne vais pas tous les citer), ces vidéos mettent en lumière le génie créatif de Michael, ainsi que son perfectionnisme et nous le montrent comme un bourreau de travail, intransigeant d’abord avec lui-même. Et moi les gens comme ça, fan ou pas fan, ça m’inspire et ça me donne des ailes. Et là comme c’est Michael, eh bien c’était plein de papillons et de paillettes dans mes yeux. Merci Spike ! Un bon moment, bien entourée, comme j’en aimerais plus souvent 😉
Last Saturday on Sept 1st, Spike Lee organized a showing of BAD 25, for the 25th anniversary of BAD. I showed up not knowing really what to expect. A documentary? Yes, but what else?BAD 25 walks in the footsteps of Michael to show us how he arrived at the result for this album. Eye-opening witnesses, unedited and funny images. Michael on the big screen (MIAOOW) with the sound at full blast that works wonders! It’s also heart-breaking, because the more it’s good to see, the more we realize that we miss him and modern music no longer offers us anything equivalent. A good view of what happens in the mind of an artist who wants to beat his own record (Thriller).
An then, an unexpected segment since it’s not really related to BAD, the part where his collaborators talk about the day where they learned about the death of Michael. Fatally, each fan in the room (and I don’t think there were any « tourists »… I saw many familiar faces even without knowing them personally), were taken back to June 25th, 2009, to the minute, the place, and the way in which they learned about it, and their own reaction. And at that moment, no one in the room knew how to hold back their tears. No more laughs, no more « heeeheee », no more « Michaeeeeeeell! ». Just silence, and the feeling that it was useless to look at ones neighbor. We knew that the same pearls flowed across every cheek.
And somewhere, I was angry that they would extort more tears from us. But on the other hand, I told myself: « In this room today, there are fans who have been angry at each other for years. So many years, that you can’t even count them. But on June 25th, 2009, at that exact moment, only the fans, and even your worst enemy, knows what is eating you inside….
After this emotional sequence, the film regained its light spirit, to finish my thrusting us into the direction of BAD.
Spike Lee then came to greet us, and was presented with an award, before leaving us for London.
Even if the documentary is addressed particularly towards fans, I find that it is still quite interesting for everyone to see the steps of creation, direction, and work undertaken by one of the biggest artists in history, before finalizing his work. Whether it be « This is it», «BAD 25 », (or many of the other reports on Michael, I won’t list them all), these films shine a light on the creative genius of Michael, as well as his perfectionism, and presents him as a work-a-holic, uncompromising mainly with himself. And for me, people like that, fan or not, inspire me and give me wings. And there since it was Michael, there were plenty of butterflies and stars in my eyes. Thank you Spike!
It was a great moment, well attended… the kind i’d like to have many more of.
Philppe Carini – www.pcdd.fr / ArnooO! / Alain Quehola – Saykou Diallo – MJ data bank