In Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away we are presented with a young couple who is separated and must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3-D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers.
When thinking back on this film I am legitimately of two minds on it. On one hand, this simply isn’t a film by the traditional sense as it is an incredibly loose narrative that is roped around Cirque du Soleil musical numbers. Rather than telling a real story based on emotion, feeling and well drawn out characters, we essentially get a greatest hits montage and if you don’t know that going in, this film can end up being incredibly dull with nothing terribly compelling or cohesive to grab on to as the pretty images appear on the screen.
That being said, the other side of this equation is that it is a fantastic looking piece of art that has been crafted by writer-director Andrew Adamson and executive producer James Cameron as the film was an obvious test run for Cameron’s 3-D cameras. With its vibrant, eye-popping colour and clarity it was easy for them to rope the audience in. The 3-D gives the viewer excellent sense of depth and proportion and was used properly, not in a gaggy lens flare type of way, but to create an even more expansive in-depth world that a 2-D picture would have ever provided. It looks great and is actually some of the better 3-D that I have seen in recent memory, just make sure you go into this film fully aware that you are just essentially getting a Cirque du Soleil show.
At the end of the day, a film like Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away was never really designed for the movie theatre but more for the home theatre as diehard fans of the live shows will gladly pick this up on DVD and Blu-Ray and revel in its beauty. However, unless the casual fan knows that they are essentially forking over their money for a somewhat dull version of the stage show; anger and confusion are likely to follow as it’s really only just for fans and won’t do a lot to rope in any new audience members, especially in a movie theatre setting.
Cast: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Top image: A scene from Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. Courtesy Paramount Pictures.