12/29/2009 03:35:00 AM

Michael Jackson's new video 'This Is It' (directed by Spike Lee).

Posted by SouthernGurl

Over the holiday weekend, director Spike Lee revealed the official video for Michael Jackson's posthumous single This Is It; and it's beautiful. I guarantee you once you watch it you will fall in love with Michael all over again and miss him even more. I know I did. It seemed like Spike went into my own personal collection of my most favorite photos of MJ that I have saved over the years and used them to illustrate this video. The video also show footage shot in Jackson's hometown of Gary, Indiana, and fan tributes following his death June 25.

It starts off in Gary with a close-up of a poster directing fans toward Jackson's childhood home, at the corner of 2300 Jackson Street and Jackson Family Blvd. Next, images of Jackson performing as a child are interspersed with soft-focus shots of play sets, baseball bats and city buildings. A central image captured by the director is a plea for tolerance etched onto a stop sign in Gary. Someone wrote the message "This Is It" above the word "stop," under which they've added "hatin'." There are also shots of fan tributes from around the world and the heaps of flowers and messages laid at the gates of the singer's Neverland Ranch. Lee returns several times to moving images of a single red balloon floating in the air and empty swings swaying in the breeze.

Finally, the video closes with classic footage of Jackson doing the moonwalk and a dramatic pan to a black stool with Jackson's trademark black fedora and silver glove under a spotlight in front of the Gary residence.



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