Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
2 ½ stars
Cirque du Soleil movies are a lot like ballet films -- long on beauty and artistry, short on story.
"Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" is a 3-D catalog of the wonders of the Cirque company's
Live, in person, these shows are physical and technical spectacles, the state of the art in what is possible in live performance. On film? The spectacle is a little less spectacular, the sappy Enya-ish score monotonous. The "story" takes on importance that it cannot sustain.
Their movies are what the live shows never are -- boring.
"Chronicles of Narnia" director
In the alternate reality beneath the sand, Mia, the gamine, wanders into tents of amazement -- dazzling water ballets and aerial spectacles, trampoline acts set to the music of Elvis, a stunning visualization of "Octopus Garden" by the Beatles, moments of menace and mime and magic.
And always, just out of sight and out of reach, the aerialist is tugged into other worlds, other places to display his prowess. Unseen forces keep the couple apart.
It's all quite lovely, mesmerizing -- and right on the edge of sleep-inducing.
Then, just as you're about to doze off, the "Viva Elvis" and "The Beatles LOVE" segments turn up and give the show momentum, and a beat we can dance to.
Cheaper than a trip to Vegas, "Worlds Away" is, even in gorgeous 3-D, a wonderful reminder of the indispensable place Cirque du Soleil holds in popular entertainment. The performers are fabulous, even on film. But there's no substitute for live performance.
"Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: PG (for some dramatic images and mild sensuality).
Running time: 1:28.
Cast: Lutz Halbhubner (Ringmaster);
Credits: Written and directed by
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