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In Defence... The Neverland Charms of Moonwalker

words by Emily Kausalik

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hen I was a kid I felt like Michael Jackson and I had a lot in common. His birthday was in August; mine was in August. He was an international pop sensation; I would someday be an international pop sensation. He could spin around really fast and not fall over; I was sure I could do that once I got a little bigger. I used to listen to Thriller on my Walkman and imagine myself dancing and singing along in Michael’s place in my mind’s eye, moonwalking from verse to chorus and wearing fantastic, sequined outfits with anti-gravity shoes. I think every child of the 80s had fantasies of what life would be like as Michael Jackson. With all the tales of shrines to Elizabeth Taylor, Bubbles the Monkey, building himself a ranch called ‘Neverland’… what little kid didn’t think most of these things were crazy and totally awesome?

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AUGUST 2013 VERITE

Michael Jackson’s 1988 film Moonwalker is the epitome, the quintessential embodiment of all things Michael Jackson and all things 80s. Its various vignettes loosely tied together by a thread of a plot is reminiscent to The Beatles’ 1965 film Help, but with the glossy, dazzling veneer of the 80s. And because it was the 80s, Jackson made no attempt to hide that this movie was made to extol him. The first ten minutes of the film aren’t exposition in the traditional sense; they’re ten minutes of an anthology meant to fill the viewer in on Michael’s past exploits. I don’t think this happens because the filmmakers were concerned viewers wouldn’t know Michael’s backstory. Honestly, who doesn’t know about the Jackson 5 and his humanitarian award from Ronald Reagan? What this anthology segment does is remind us exactly how fantastic and strange and wonderful 80s Michael Jackson really is. He could dance the robot better than a

Vérité August 2013  

In this month's issue we dive into the luscious waters of Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, whilst also chatting to iconic filmmaker Phil...

Vérité August 2013  

In this month's issue we dive into the luscious waters of Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, whilst also chatting to iconic filmmaker Phil...

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