Written July 25, 2014
Absolutely spectacular. A visual masterpiece and a joy to listen to. Being able to see the performers up close and watch their facial expressions is something you never get at an actual Cirque performance. Loved every minute.
Written December 23, 2012
It's, just beutiful, it really catches your attention since the beagining and keep you amaze through the hole story. the real 3D expirience makes it feel like your there ! It may not be the same experience that go to see it live, but It sure has some advantages that you coulnd experience live: Like some slow motion shots, were you can appreciate what the artist are doing, some shots from different angles that you couldnt aprpreciate on live expirience, so I really recommend this film to Cirque du Soleil fans, and to does that have never seen it this is a good start !
Written December 24, 2012
There were some really cool moves by the people in the circus however about 30 minutes into the movie it became really slow, soothing music making your drowsy. The makeup was awesome as well as the costumes. The 3D was a disappointment and in fact sometimes I couldnt even tell there was any 3D involved. I think this was because there was so much happening on the screen they had to take pictures from a distance therefore the people looked like minatures.
The water scenes were realistic and I dodged a couple of times when the 3D was working well. I would say the best part was the multi wheels turning at once with multiple people performing and not falling off and the best 3D experience was at the end with the close up of the embrace.
The crowd was varied ages and not a lot of kids.
Written December 23, 2012
So does that make my review less valid or more valid? Maybe if I viewed this, with expectations attached from having seen live performances I might be disappointed, but I really can't imagine how.
I can take or leave 3D with most films, but unlike some reviewers I'd say this is one of those rare movies inwhich the 3D is vital and a real part of the experience.
With no previous "Soleil" experience all I can say is I was wonder struck and awed by this movie. I'd hope a lot of people that perhaps haven't had the opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil do go see this movie.
I'm sure there is a difference between viewing Soleil live, and viewing this movie, but I don't see why people need to discount one experience over the other. Obviously film offers the chance to offer an intimacy and closeness that you might not get live, sitting in an audience. My speculation is that a live performance offers a spotaneous energy from performance that film can't match. Doesn't matter....see both.
Written September 20, 2014
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.