Michael Jackson's Spike Lee-directed 'This Is It' video: Watch it here

Michael Jackson’s posthumous single “This Is It” finally has a music video. Not just any video, either, but one helmed by acclaimed director Spike Lee. Check it out below.

Lee’s clip is a heartfelt tribute to the late megastar, with whom he previously collaborated on 1995’s “They Don’t Care About Us” video. The new video opens with shots of Jackson as a small child — is there anything more heartbreaking? — interspersed with vintage and contemporary images of his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Soon it’s whirling through Jackson’s peak years, with well-chosen performance and candid footage illustrating his worldwide fame. Jackson’s countless fans serve as the clip’s co-star, mourning his loss and celebrating his life. At last, the camera comes to rest on Jackson’s iconic hat and sparkling glove, resting alone on a stool.

Given that he likely had no footage of Jackson performing the song “This Is It” to work with, I’d say Lee’s done a very nice job with this video. How about you? Let us know what you think of the video in the comments below.

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Comments (11 total) Add your comment
  • jfms777

    “This is It.” This is IT? Is this it? Spike Lee belongs in a wax museum. Couldn’t they have gotten someone cutting-edge, like Lee Michaels, the director of “Precious”?

    • Sally in Chicago

      You mean — Lee Daniels?

  • Rob Grizzly

    No different from the dozens of montages put together by VH1 or E!

    You would never guess this was done by Spike Lee. It could have been made by anybody.

    I expected more.

  • harry

    I like what Spike Lee had to Offer Thank you Spike. R.I.P. Michael!!!

  • Sally in Chicago

    Nice Montage….but the movie is sooooo good, if you haven’t seen THIS IS IT make it a point to see….

  • Brad

    Beautiful and understated.

  • darclyte

    It’s well done, but yeah, it could have been done by just about any decent editor putting together a Michael Jackson montage. Some nice moments though where he turned photos into something more.

  • Nita

    I thought it was beautiful. Thank you, Spike.

  • Helga

    Who cares? Spike Lee isn’t relevant and hasn’t been. He had to pick a fight with Clint Eastwood to get some press. And now he directs a mediocre video for MJ’s song.

    The next time Spike Lee will do anything press-worthy is when he receives an honorary Oscar. His speech will no doubt be as grandiose as he thinks his lackluster career has been.

  • wagonmaker

    Why all the Spike Lee hatin’? This is a beautiful, understated tribute. More would have just been glitz, and miss the point. Appreciate this video – and the amazing This is It movie that should not be missed.

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