"CAPTAIN EO" -- DOES IT HOLD UP AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? @ 30 June 2010 10:33 PM



Went to the first return showing of Captain EO this morning amid much excitement at Epcot with veeps and press there. The crowd was exuberant throughout the 17-minute film, laughing and cheering in all the right places, especially during the moonwalk and at the entrance in the film of of Michael Jackson, which is reminiscent of the entrance of Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Captain EO, which was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola (his only musical beside Finian's Rainbow, unless you count One from the Heart), is a blend of Thriller, Star Wars and Far Out Space Nuts (in a good way), with lots of action, fun characters and lots of "So You Think You Can" Dancing. And it still works, knowingly camp when it wants to be (the doofy guy with the mullet used to get an audience chuckle back in 1986 too) and pop music that is now considered classic to the contemporary public.

Seeing it now, I realize how few instances there were in which the world got to see Michael Jackson as an actor. Though Captain EO is the ultimate action playset, he's nonetheless playing a role and, had things been different, it would have been interesting to see how he might have directed his talent more in that direction.

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