Man in the Papers
I one read a review of "The Jacksons: An America Dream" which called it terrible, I just hope that the person who wrote that review then watched, no endured "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" because it will change their mind. To put it simply "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" is terrible, complete and utter rubbish from start to finish.
What "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" feels like is a fan of Jackson who has collected press clippings over the year put them together into this so called biopic. As such during the first 20 minutes it gives us a brief look at Michael as a lonely child, as a young adult being afraid of his father Joe, the Pepsi advert incident, quitting the Jackson Five and moving to Neverland. None of which has any depth and often is hysterically unsubtle such as when Michael speaks to a doctor about a white patch on his hand. And basically that is what you get throughout the entire movie as it works its way to the events of 2004.
But what ends up the press clipping story of Michael Jackson is not the worst thing about the movie. There is the actual portrayal of Michael himself and whilst Flex Alexander does the voice he doesn't convince with the look one little bit. But wait there is more as it seems like the focus of the movie is to portray Michael as having a child like innocence, basically the Peter Pan thing which was often mentioned in the press to describe Michael. The trouble is that this often makes Michael come across as being simple, as really being a child trapped inside a man's body. And it is not just the portrayal of Michael which is bad as other famous faces such as Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and Lisa Marie are just as terrible.
What this all boils down to is that "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" is simply poor from start to finish and ends up coming across like a movie based on press clippings.