Written August 29, 2015
Visually, musically, and acrobatically stunning. You've already read that it's a flimsy storyline, but that's not why you should see anything by Cirque. You should see it to be overwhelmed by the artistic magnificence.
Written December 29, 2012
We took our 6 & 7 year old kids and they were frightened by some of the imagery (think, Drama like 'Alice In Wonderland'). Of course they may have been set off initially by some of the scary previews. But my wife and I enjoyed it. My parents, who have been to a couple of live Circ performances said that this is a great and inexpensive way to experience many of the different circ shows.
Written January 07, 2013
Too much focus on costumes and pageantry and not enough of the physical stunts (for lack of a better word) that are awe-inspiring and so much fun to watch. Still worth seeing but their Dralion production has many more "wow" moments. I prefer a straight taping of one of their shows as opposed to this compilation.
Written January 28, 2015
Saw it yesterday with a friend. It was wonderful. You don't have to be a Cirque fan like I am to love this absolutely beautifully filmed extravaganza. I actually want to see it again.
I have family in Las Vegas and since seeing Worlds Away, I know I want to see the Beatles Cirque show next time I visit. Whenever they bring a traveling show to Chicago I try to go. James Cameron did an amazing job and gave us all a beautiful Christmas present. I plan on seeing it again.
I would rate this movie acceptable for all. The time goes by so fast you are surprised when it is over. You want more.
3D certainly has changed. The last 3D movie I saw was years ago and I think it was the first, House of Wax. The techniques used in the filming bring right into the world of Cirque du Soleil. You feel like you are roaming along with the principals.
Go see it! You will love it!
Written January 29, 2015
Uses elements and magic from many Cirque shows to weave a beautiful narrative. If you haven't seen a Cirque show, this is an inexpensive way to experience some of Cirque's magic. I've seen several Cirque shows and I'll outline what I liked and disliked about the movie:
The ability to see details and perspectives missing from the audience of a live Cirque show.
The ability to zoom over and through the action.
Much more sense of individual character and performance detail.
Less flow. Part of the Cirque magic is the ability to experience the flow of incredible performances. There were many times when the camera cuts pulled me away from something I wanted to see or otherwise interrupted the flow.
Not enough big picture: The focus on individual and tight shots, deprived me of one of the things I love best about Cirque: the feeling of being overwhelmed at the totality and collective artistry of the troop on stage.
Net: Worth seeing!