Elizabeth TaylorAs if 'This Is It' weren't already poised to smash box-office records, Elizabeth Taylor is calling the Michael Jackson concert rehearsal film "the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen." Considering Taylor's career goes back to the 1940s, that's quite a statement! Elizabeth TaylorAs if 'This Is It' weren't already poised to smash box-office records, Elizabeth Taylor is calling the Michael Jackson concert rehearsal film "the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen." Considering Taylor's career goes back to the 1940s, that's quite a statement!

The screen legend, who was one of Michael Jackson's biggest fans and closest friends, tells writer A.O. Scott that the film "should be nominated in every category conceivable" and "cements forever Michael's genius in every aspect of creativity."

To be fair, Taylor's raves are centered more on the individual genius of the late entertainer than the film itself, but if ever a movie was review-proof, 'This is It' is that film: Fans would likely turn out for raw concert footage. But Taylor also praises helmer Kenny Ortega for his "masterful job of directing the process that goes into making a complete show before hitting the stage." She says: "From A to Z you get Michael's input on every level. Michael's genius at work with the dancers. Mr. Ortega catches Michael in his every mood. You see in front of your eyes Michael's genius blossoming on this piece of film thanks to Kenny Ortega and his crews."

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Endorsements don't get any better than this: "You owe it to yourselves and your loved ones to see this again and again," says the actress. "Memorize it and say to yourselves, 'I saw genius in my lifetime.' ... We have this piece of film to remind us forever and ever that once there was such a man."

'This Is It' opens in the across the globe at midnight tonight.

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