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George Michael: Freedom Uncut review – pop hero lets it all hang out

Fans are unlikely to care that there’s hardly enough new material to justify a re-release of this 2017 documentary – Michael was just too good The impression you’re mostly likely to come away with about George Michael after watching this documentary is that despite the fame, the tabloid hoo-has and the personal crises, he could still take the piss out of himself. You see it in the clips here from his 1998 interview with Michael Parkinson after being caught in a public loo with an undercover police officer in Beverly Hills. He wasn’t doing shame. Michael tells Parky that his mum would have been proud that he’d made it on to the show: “though not that it took me getting my willy out,” he giggles. The Parkinson interview is one of a handful of additions to a documentary that’s already been aired on TV in 2017, now beefed up for cinema release. Michael himself co-directed, and he was putting the finishing touches on it days before his death aged 53 on Christmas Day in 2016. The point of it all seems to be to wrestle his reputation back from the tabloids, to convince everyone what a phenomenal singer-songwriter he was. Cue a starry lineup of talking heads: Mary J Blige wells up listening to one track; Elton John compares another to John Lennon; Liam Gallagher manages to pay Michael a compliment while at the same time putting the boot into Noel as he smirks: “I think our kid had a Wham! moment.” Continue reading...

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