Written December 22, 2012
The movie was excellent...My husband and I both said we could have passed on the narrative with the girl wandering through the tents and so forth, but otherwise it was beautifully done...The performers make it look effortless yet we know how difficult it can be...The water scenes were amazing and the running through the cages high up in the air was extraordinary...My husband tried to copy one of the moves in the show which was to hold me with one arm yet he dropped me so we know its difficult and you must be very strong.....We cannot imagine all the practice that goes into this......My husband and I have been to Vegas many times, but have never been able to get tickets to the live show so this was a great opportunity to see it...It now makes us want to see it in person even more.....
Written August 01, 2015
This is SO beyond "so-so"..I've been to Cirque several times. Not having the multi -hundreds of dollars it costs to sit front row I have sat in the "cheap seats"($100). If you want to be able to see the real artistry with a" front row seat you are there" feel go to this. I enjoyed it better than the real thing. It was the best of any number of shows from Vegas. For aerialists making catches on equipment or with each other you get close-ups sometimes in slo-mo so that you can see the danger and beauty of it. You get underwater shots that you can't see live. The 3D doespn't jump out at youI It gives the sets the depth and feel of being there. You want to applaud after each scene. For $10 (bargain matinee) I didn't have to fight traffic, pay for parking or use binoculars to see anything up close. I will go back and see it again. This is a great way to see Crique if you never have. None of the stunts these artisits do is easy. Appreciate how much training it takes. GO!!
Written December 23, 2012
The two best things about this movie were the closeups and the slow motion, the third best thing was several of their shows were incorporated into one story for the movie. The action in a live show is very fast and dramatic, it was wonderful to see the foot placements, the hand holds and releases, the seemingly physically impossible feats up close and slow enough to grasp the action.
The viewer who may not be familiar with Cirque du Soleil gets a terrific opportunity to see the amazing costumes and hear the original music from several shows. Of course visuals leave you breathless as is true with the live shows.
The only negative was having to wear the 3D glasses which are uncomfortable for me, and overall we were of the mind that the 3D did not enhance the movie enough to make it worthwhile.
Other than that this show is a must, children and adults together will be mesmerized.
Written April 30, 2016
I brought my 10-year-old granddaughter who hid in my arms during much of the movie. I do not recommend it for kids. It was mostly dark and scary. I had hoped it would be upbeat. Toward the end, we liked the Beatles music and dance. But earlier, music was in minor key, faces on the screen were angry or sad and we did not understand or follow the story through much of the movie. I have seen several Cirques live, all of which I loved, even bought the music and tapes (yes, tapes, from 1992 Las Vegas show). I appreciated the talent and hard work and excerpts in this movie, as taken from other shows, especially "O." Missed much of the connection to the basic story.
Written July 24, 2016
When the movie started, it had a kind of Alice in Wonderland quality to. A young girl attending the circus falls for an aerialist at first sight, but when their eyes meet he misses a swing and begins to fall to the ground. But rather than a deadly impact, the ground turns to quicksand, sucking him and, and the girl chases after. The premise seems spectacular until you get to the meat of the story. While the scenes that were filmed specifically of the girl on her search for the aerialist are quite good and interesting, the film is roughly stitched together with scenes from other Cirque du Soleil performances that have absolute zero connection to the storyline. Chunks at a time you are introduced to long, drawn out scenes with no context and no appearance of the main characters. It's just filler. Beautiful filler, of course, but the fact that it's such a jarring transition from the narrative, it really takes away from the skill of the performers and the movie just falls apart.