Moonwalker: A Musical Anthology Film Starring Michael Jackson
Moonwalker is a 1988 American experimental anthology musical film starring Michael Jackson. Rather than featuring one continuous narrative, the film expresses the influence of fandom and innocence through a collection of short films about Jackson, several of which are long-form music videos from his bestselling album Bad. [^5^]
The film is named after the dance technique known as the moonwalk, which Jackson was known for performing. [^5^] The film's segments are connected by an underlying but overall narrative meant to represent the different stages in Jackson's career and were based on his own view of how his fans idolized him rather than listening to the messages he wanted to say with his music. [^5^]
The film consists of seven segments: \"Man in the Mirror\", a live performance of the song during his Bad World Tour; \"Retrospective\", a 10-minute biographical film about Jackson's early years; \"Badder\", a parody of the music video for Bad featuring children; \"Speed Demon\", a claymation adventure where Jackson transforms into a rabbit and is chased by fans; \"Leave Me Alone\", a surreal music video that criticizes the media's treatment of Jackson; \"Smooth Criminal\", a 40-minute film noir-inspired short film where Jackson plays a gangster who rescues three children from a drug lord; and \"Come Together\", a cover of The Beatles' song performed by Jackson and the children at a nightclub. [^5^] [^6^]
Moonwalker was released theatrically in Europe and South America, but not in the United States, where it was released directly to video. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Jackson's music and dancing, but criticized the lack of coherence and plot. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $67 million worldwide. [^5^] [^4^]
Moonwalker [BDrip 720p MultiLang MultiSub]l is a high-quality version of the film with multiple languages and subtitles available. It can be downloaded from various online sources, such as Pastebin.com [^1^], Weebly.com [^2^] [^3^], or YouTube.com [^6^]. However, downloading or streaming copyrighted content without permission may be illegal in some countries.
The film was released theatrically in Europe and South America, but Warner Bros. canceled plans for a Christmas 1988 theatrical release in the United States. Moonwalker was instead released on home video in the United States and Canada on January 10, 1989, just as the Bad World Tour finished. The film was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Jackson's music and dancing, but criticized the lack of coherence and plot. The film has a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews, with an average score of 4.6/10. Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars, calling it \\\"a vanity production without much shape or direction\\\" and \\\"a long, disconnected series of musical numbers\\\". He also noted that \\\"the most effective moments are those that simply show Jackson performing\\\". Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that \\\"Moonwalker is a feature-length music video that's too long and ambitious for its own good\\\" and that \\\"the film's best moments are those that showcase Mr. Jackson's remarkable dancing\\\". She also criticized the film's violence and drug-related content, saying that \\\"it seems to have been made with a very young audience in mind\\\".
Despite the mixed reviews, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $67 million worldwide. It also sold over 800,000 copies in its first month of release in the United States, becoming one of the best-selling videos of all time. The film won two awards at the 1989 American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Video and Favorite Soul/R&B Video. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form in 1990.
Moonwalker is considered by some fans and critics as a cult classic and a showcase of Jackson's artistic vision and talent. The film has influenced several artists and filmmakers, such as Spike Lee, who directed Bad 25 , a documentary about the making of Jackson's Bad album and its accompanying short films. Moonwalker is also referenced in popular culture, such as in The Simpsons episode \\\"Stark Raving Dad\\\", where Homer Simpson meets a mental patient who claims to be Michael Jackson and sings a song called \\\"Happy Birthday Lisa\\\", which was co-written by Jackson himself. aa16f39245