"Hey, rat greed, here is Documentary Making 101 for you. Documentary is a factual programme, that provides fact-based evidence or report, not your sick child porn fantasies. You got the genre wrong."— JacksonPassion
Leaving Neverland is a 2019 documentary directed and produced by the British filmmaker Dan Reed. The documentary focuses on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege they were sexually abused as children by the late singer Michael Jackson at his home, Neverland Ranch, and other locations.
The documentary was broadcast on HBO in two parts in March 2019.
At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. Now in their thirties, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Micheal Jackson.
Why It Sucks
- The documentary is full of bogus slander and is based on accusations that have no evidence at all and it shows that Wade Robson and James Safechuck are hypocrites, SJWs, sell-outs and egotists.
- Wade Robson testified as an adult to defend Michael Jackson; keep in mind that nobody asked him to testify and he was a grown man. In addition, this could be and is perjury.
- The entire documentary is disgraceful to the legacy of Michael Jackson, as it tries to defame a deceased man who was proven innocent by showing evidence against the accusers and currently cannot defend himself. What makes this even worse is that the documentary was released a single decade after the death of Michael Jackson.
- Many people believe that Robson only did this out of spite after not being accepted to do an MJ tribute Cirque du Soleil show, which resulted in financial problems for Robson.
- Many point out that the accusations seem to come from the fictional fantasy novel Michael Jackson Was My Lover.
- Historical inaccuracies: for example, James Safechuck claims he was abused by Michael Jackson at the train station in 1992, but the train station didn't even exist until 1994 and claimed the abuse got worse after a Grammy Performance in New York in 1989, when the Grammys that year took place in Los Angeles and Michael Jackson didn't perform there that year. The same can be said with Wade Robson, when he claims he was sexually assaulted at Disneyland Paris in 1988 when it was Euro Disney Resort; keep in mind that the construction of Disneyland Paris was not complete until 1992.
- Also, some of the shots are taken from a drone, which also shows inaccuracy.
- Robson claims that Jackson abused him when he was alone when his family went to Arizona; however, Wade actually went with his family to Arizona.
- Safechuck says that Jackson was with him during Thanksgiving, when the latter was actually in Australia during his "Bad" Tour.
- Safechuck also claimed that he cried before sleeping at Los Angeles in September 1992 after Jackson preferred another kid to him, even though Jackson was in the United Kingdom during his Dangerous Tour.
- At one point Safechuck claimed that Jackson gave him his old Thriller jacket, even though it is on display at the Rock and Roll Fame and was sold on Music Icons Auctions.
- Some scenes were actually staged and re-shot.
- Safechuck claimed that he had a mock wedding with Jackson in order to earn the rings, but however, the rings are too big for a 10 year old.
- Lackluster cinematography.
- Hypocrisy: Robson dated Jackson's niece Brandi for seven years, even though he claimed that Jackson told him to distrust women.
- The ending is beyond abysmal and adds insult to injury, as it shows memorabilia being burnt, even though Robson sold the real ones for money.
- Continuing from #8, Robson still claims that the ending that he burnt Jackson's memorabilia, yet as stated above, Robson auctioned and sold them.
- Similar to Milla Jovovich, Darren Aronofsky, Kirk Cameron, Rob Reiner, Dinesh D'Souza, Paul Feig, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Uwe Boll, Tommy Wiseau, Logan Paul, TTSW, Derek Savage, TTSW, TTSW, TTSW, TTSW, TTSW, CGW, James Nguyen, Adam Sandler, Amber Heard, TTSW, and Cara Delevingne, Wade Robson cannot even take the slightest bit of criticism, as he put his Twitter account on private for his haters and blocks people who criticize him, James Safechuck and/or this documentary.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The soundtrack is decent to listen to.
Despite receiving critical acclaim from critics, it received a more divided response from casual moviegoers and fans of Michael Jackson. Sales for Jackson's albums went high in the billboard charts following the release of the documentary. It received a 98% on RWW based on 93 reviews with an average score of 7.97/10 with the critic consensus "Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors." It has also earned a 85/100 on Metacritic based on 23 reviews, meaning universal acclaim. It originally had a 61% fresh audience score at release, before being redacted and put back up with a 24%.
Many people believed that the documentary was actually true, leading to radio stations removing Jackson's music, statues and items of memorabilia being taken down, BTSW pulling the episode "Stark Raving Dad" from circulation, Drake dropping his MJ collaboration "Don't Matter To Me" from his tour set-list, some celebrities turning against him, and a documentary of The Jackson 5 being cancelled. Jackson's estate later sued HBO for $100 million after the documentary was released. While celebrities such as Macaulay Culkin, Aaron Carter, James Lee, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Diana Ross, Madonna, Wendy Williams, Snoop Dogg, Akon, T.I, Tiffany Haddish, Mark Lester etc. still defend and support Michael Jackson.
Despite the controversy, it would go on to win the Emmy for "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special" at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.
FilmMasterAdam named the documentary the worst movie that he personally saw in 2019.