The Hollywood Reporter gives the in depth recap about the vid that premiered yesterday on “Ellen”:
All of the old footage is interspersed with frames of Timberlake and a crowd of young dancers who are singing along and attempting the most memorable moves from the videos, dancing atop subway turnstiles for “Bad” and pool tables for “Beat It.” While it may look familiar to watch a crowd imitating Jackson’s signature kicks and thrusts, the new video is still a departure from the closing scenes of “Hollywood Tonight,” off of the 2010 posthumous album. Here, the tone is much more lighthearted.
The cuts are very careful when it comes to the two singers: Clips of Jackson doing a relatively small move (a pose or a hand movement, as opposed to a gravity-defying lean or the moonwalk) are quickly mirrored by Timberlake, but only in silhouette. Throughout the four-minute-plus video, Timberlake himself never tries out Jackson’s steps — a respectful decision that highlights the tribute approach to the video and possibly the entire album.