Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)
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From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Narnia) invite you and your family on an all new 3D adventure: Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away. A young couple who is separated, must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers. This Holiday Season, Cirque du Soleil brings
Dec 21, 2012 Wide
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For older kids or grown-ups who've dreamed of joining the circus, it's a wildly imaginative treat.
This big-screen vehicle for the popular performance troupe would be more bearable if the exhibitors passed out earplugs along with the 3-D glasses.
It's refreshing to sit back and bask in the sheer joy with which these brightly costumed, stunningly agile performers navigate fire, water and air.
"Cirque du Soleil: World's Away" is a rare entertainment, being for the benefit of everyone.
Even if the film is no substitute for the real thing, it is at least an effective advertisement.
...it's a tourism brochure, a very long, very sparkly infomercial for one-handed pushups...
Designed as pure confection for the eyes, this largely wordless fare is perfect for kids (how many G-rated films are there around?) and for any stressed-out office worker eager for something to unwind to.
The miracle of the live Cirque du Soleil experience simply does not translate into film. I felt as though I had been invited to an extravagant banquet and while I was able to admire what was on offer, I never got close enough to satisfy my appetite
It's solemn, tasteless, overdressed, a circus smelling of Chanel No 5 rather than sweat and sawdust.
If the less-than-compelling plot leads you to drift off, it won't be long before another tour-de-force of agility or grace jerks you awake.
A drippy linking story only reinforces the concert video feel, and it inevitably lacks the spark of live performance.
It's all beautifully choreographed, the performers are remarkable and the set design is wonderful, but even in 3D, writer/director Andrew Adamson's film lacks the exhilarating thrill of seeing the shows live.
The female lead only says one word during Worlds Away: "Help". I know exactly how she feels.
The film doesn't convey a sense of danger to Cirque's trapeze ballets and you'll struggle to find any sort of narrative logic to the Mexican wrestlers bouncing to Elvis numbers.
The lack of focus on a single story makes it feel more like a highlight reel or infomercial more than anything.
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is fine to look at, but good luck feeling anything.
As a showcase for Cirque's astonishing assortment of shows, it's a must-see for fans.
Feel free to gorge, but know that catering to every taste never produces a great meal.
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