“This film is all about love toward Michael Joseph Jackson,” director Spike Lee began as he introduced his documentary “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to ‘Off the Wall'” at the Sundance Film Festival.
Spanning Jackson’s career as the 9-year-old lead vocalist of Motown’s Jackson 5 to his breakthrough 1979 solo album “Off the Wall,” the documentary strays from covering his legal woes, scandals and personal drama.
Instead, the film pays tribute the singer, songwriter, dancer’s talent and influence on his peers and those who came after him.
“He took black music to a place where it became human music,” Pharrell Williams says in the film. “My music would not be here if it wasn’t for his music.”
Others who praise the King of Pop include, ballerina Misty Copeland L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones and Questlove.
“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to ‘Off the Wall'” premieres Feb. 5 on Showtime.