Much the stage, the art of the cinema and how it is used can be a spectacle unto itself. 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 where they must leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers in order to reunite.
I am legitimately of two minds on this movie that played in 3D during its theatrical run. 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. While 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, it still looks fantastic in 2D as well just make sure you go into this film fully aware that you are just essentially getting a Cirque du Soleil show.
Picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray were obviously first rate and the special features include a brief making of featurette and “A Day In The Life with star Erica Linz”.
At the end of the day, a film like “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” is more of a spectacle film that asks you to revel in its beauty rather than giving you a narrative with characters, plot and story. However, unless the casual fan knows that they are essentially forking over their money for a very pretty yet dull version of the stage show. While this is an admirable attempt at recreating the energy and palpable entertainment that we get from the live experience; 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 fans.
2 out of 5 stars.
“Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” is now available to rent on Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray and DVD at video stores everywhere, you can also find it for purchase at all major retailers like amazon.ca, iTunes or HMV.
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