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Moonwalker is a 1988 film starring Michael Jackson, and both his only major film appearance after The Wiz in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary Michael Jackson's This Is It. It's best described as a Music Video anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album Bad. The eight segments are:
"Man in the Mirror" — Clips of Jackson performing this song on the Bad tour are combined with clips from the original video taking a look at world movers and shakers over the 20th century.
"Retrospective" — A mixed-media montage of Jackson's career from his The Jackson Five days to what was then the present.
"Badder" — The "Bad" video remade with an all-kiddie cast.
"Speed Demon" — Michael is pursued around a movie studio by Claymation critters; he escapes by disguising himself as one (a rabbit).
"Leave Me Alone" — A song about a romantic relationship ending is visually presented as Jackson's commentary on the media picking on him for his eccentricities (both real and rumored).
"Smooth Criminal" — The centerpiece segment, taking up about half the film total, has Michael battling a drug-peddling supervillain (Joe Pesci) and his goons for the sake of his kid friends and children the world over. By the end, Michael has turned himself into a spaceship to achieve this goal. (Would it surprise you to learn that Michael himself came up with this storyline?) Note to fans of film music: the David Newman credited as the screenwriter is not the composer.
"Come Together" — Really the closing scene of "Smooth Criminal", The Beatles are covered by Michael in a nightclub performance.
"The Moon is Walking" — This Ladysmith Black Mambazo tune shot on one of the "Smooth Criminal" sets leads us into the end credits.
The Aggressive Drug Dealer: It doesn't get more aggressive than trying to inject a little girl personally! Even better, no reason is given for why he wants to get everybody (especially children) addicted to drugs. He just wants to.
There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it line that might explain it: at one point, Frankie Lideo rants about how everyone in the world will know his name!!! (But they'd better spell it right.) It's possible the only reason Lideo's pushing drugs on kids is to make himself world-famous, to be known as the guy who did something so horrible.
All There in the Script: Joe Pesci's character is named "Mr. Big" in the credits, but is not referred to as such via dialogue. The villain reveals his name is "Frankie Lideo" early on (an in-joke; Jackson's manager at the time was Frank DiLeo...who later played a character nicknamed Mr. Big in the first Wayne's World movie), but no one else refers to him by name.
Animal Motifs: Mr. Big heavily associates himself with spiders, picturing his drug empire as a web ensnaring the globe.
BFG: Being a drug dealer, it makes sense that Frankie has a Wave Motion Gun the size of a building, hidden behind a retractable mountainside. Which is controlled using hand cranks. Yes.
The first half of the movie is mostly a celebration of how great and successful Michael is, but then we have "Leave Me Alone", which asks us to stop paying attention to him. It's specifically referring to the tabloid press, but it's just strange to draw so much attention to yourself — often through bizarre activities — and then complain about being paid attention to just because it isn't all positive press.
"Man on the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.
But Not Too Evil: The Blu-Ray version has been cut; we no longer see Mr. Big attempt to inject Katie, nor do we see Michael (try to) threaten Mr. Big.
But Now I Must Go: Subverted. Michael turns into a space ship and flies away after saving the day while his young playmates say "He's leaving"...but he doesn't actually go anywhere and comes back minutes later.
Cool Guns: Most obviously the tommygun Jackson apparently pulls out of trouser space during the "Smooth Criminal" sequence, but also the mook weapons are modded HK94 carbines, the civilian version of the MP5.
Deus ex Machina: It's not like we ever find out why Michael has the ability to turn into a superfast car, shielded robot with energy cannons, or a giant spaceship. It would seem to be the result of his wishing upon a shooting "lucky star", but why does it conveniently appear every time the chips are down?
Man in White: Michael's outfit in the "Smooth Criminal" segment.
Mind Screw: The page description is just the beginning.
Moonwalk Dance: Duh! Though Jackson only performs it a few times during the music video of "Smooth Criminal". Earlier in the film a cop gives him a ticket for moonwalking on the road in a "No moonwalking zone".
Nightmare Face: The boy and his grandma in "Speed Demon" upon seeing Michael Jackson.
Paparazzi: In "Speed Demon", Michael was also being chased by them along with the fans. Among them is a mafia-like group carrying cameras instead of guns and bandoliers filled with films instead of bullets.