Movie Review: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away


Unless you've been living under a rock, you have at least heard of Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian acrobatic circus, that creates a magical world of wonder through creative story telling and seemingly impossible acrobatic actions. With the assistance of James Cameron, Cirque du Soleil has decided to bring their magical experiences to the big screen this holiday season with their new story, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.

Like every Cirque du Soleil show, Worlds Away has a minor story line that brings the characters into a world full of crazy acts. In this case, a girl goes to a traveling circus and follows when the boy falls into a pit. The rest of the film is the girl and boy going through strange worlds filled with the acts of Cirque du Soleil. There are probably only about four spoken lines throughout the film with the rest of the story being told through action and background music.

Due to the normal restraints of space, Worlds Away does take you further than any stage show has in the past. They are able to have different sets such as a large pool. The camera angles and 3D filming both helped and hurt this story. There were a few parts where I felt dizzy because of the angle and acrobatics. If the camera had stayed still, I don't think it would have looked as artistic but I also don't think I would have gotten dizzy watching.

My personal opinion of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is that it is not a replacement for the live show. I have only seen one live Cirque du Soleil performance but I felt completely different leaving the show and leaving the movie. Watching the movie was like watching a television broadcast of a live concert. You'll still see what is going on, but you won't take the same emotional journey that accompanies a live performance. If you live in a place where seeing the real thing is impossible or the price of a live show is too much, then this movie will allow you to finally see what the big deal about Cirque du Soleil is about.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away will be released nation wide on December 21, 2012. Check out my weekly post, Making Cents with Cori, on Cinemit for any concession and ticket promotions available.

Movie Rating for Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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