Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Director Spike Lee's follow-up to his 2012 Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, this time focusing on the artist's formative period. Includes never-before-seen footage.

"Director Spike Lee assembles a wealth of archival footage, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create this insightful chronicle of the star’s early rise to fame. An in-depth look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS Records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. An illuminated portrait emerges of how an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy would become the 'King of Pop.'" (Sundance Film Festival)

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Variety

Variety

press

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."

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Lee delivers what the title promises, but it feels very much like a film that's been made to coincide with an album reissue.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A lovingly assembled appreciation of the key transitional album in the late artist's career.

Variety

Variety

press

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."

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Lee delivers what the title promises, but it feels very much like a film that's been made to coincide with an album reissue.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A lovingly assembled appreciation of the key transitional album in the late artist's career.

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