Monday, December 31, 2012

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, a Movie Review

For years I have wanted to see Cirque du Soleil, but never had the pleasure for two main reasons: the price of the tickets and I never happened to be in Las Vegas. Well, there was that one aborted trip, but that's another story. Any who, when I saw the trailers for  Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away I thought I would finally get a chance. And, best of all, for only $14.00 in 3D.

Well, last night my DH and I went to see it. Actually, not because it was our first choice, but it was the only movie on that lasted less than three hours. After cleaning my house all day, I was too tired (and too old) to make it through three hours of cinema. But, I digress. The parking lot of the multi-plex was over flowing. There were folks going into all 16 theaters. However less than a dozen entered Number 10, where Cirque du Soleil was playing, ie it is not one of the more popular films.

The story line (and this is no spoiler if you have seen the trailer) is: Girl sees boy, Girl loses boy, Girl seeks boy, Adventure ensues, Cannot tell you the end ;). 

Once the adventure starts there is a Cirque du Soleil performance in the story line. Actually it is part of seven performances: O,  Ka , Love, Mystere, Zumanity, Viva Elvis, and Cris Angel Believe. All of the acts, with the exception of Cris Angel Believe, were filmed in their respective theaters. James Cameron makes sure you are as close to the real thing as you can be short of it being live. Remember, this is the guy who recreated the Titanic and made Avatar (which I still find totally ingenious).

All this said, should I have chosen one show I would have gone to "Love" based on the Beatles songs. Not that I am a Beatles fan  (I'm really not- I know shoot me now.) but the reviews intrigued me. Seeing so many of the shows, one after the another was a lot to comprehend, and the performances they chose first, to me, were redundant and made the story drag. And, just as I would tire of the movie, there would be a Cirque du Soliel moment when I sat in awe of the color and an impossible human feat and said to myself, "How in the heck did they do that? That is just not possible." 

"Love", one of the last segments, did not disappoint me at all. I only wish it were longer. Also, a traditional based aerial act at the end (of course, done by this cast like none you have ever seen) is phenomenal.

All in all, it is a great way to see a part of all these shows if you haven't seen them in person. James Cameron's production in 3D is as amazing as I would think the show would be live. Maybe better because of the angles you see through the camera that even the best seats would not offer. However, I was disappointed, mainly because I felt it was so much at times, it dragged. And, as I said, I think that is due to my taste and those parts were performances I would not have picked to see, should I have had a choice of live shows.

If you have never seen a live Cirque du Soleil performance, this is a great opportunity. And, I do not regret seeing it at all. Perhaps, I expected too much. 


Linda Medrano said...

I saw Cirque du Soliel live in Oakand a few years ago. It felt like I was watching a beautiful dream. One thing I loved about it is how "low tech" it was. Marvelous show held in a big top tent at Jack London Square. Amazing!

Ann Currie said...

That is a good term: "Beautiful Dream." And, some of the segments were like a beautiful dream. Which show did you see?