Written December 31, 2012
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
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 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 November 25, 2014
I felt like a little kid in Paris at a circus, I almost feel like I spoiled going to the real show in las vegas but its a definite "go see it". :)
Written February 01, 2015
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.