It’s no secret on here that I’m not exactly a fan of recorded performances. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is not only a mismatch for film, but also a lie (if the poster is to be believed).
A young woman goes in search of an acrobat after he is transported into another realm due to a loss of concentration during his trapeze act that sends him to what would be certain doom. In this other world, clowns and performers of all persuasions are the inhabitants and their sole purpose is to engage in death defying acts of wonder.
Don’t expect a similar experience to the live performance – whatever story has been tacked on, it ain’t worth the cheap paper that it’s printed on. That said, if visual spectacles are of interest, this artsy little cash in is probably for you.
The Bottom Line
The poster for Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away claims that the film is a major motion picture, I disagree – a major motion picture has a semblance of a story, fleshed out characters, and pacing that builds up to a climax among many others. Worlds Away in the simplest of terms is a compilation of scenes from the live shows with the bare bones of a plot feebly tacked onto it. The characters themselves barely utter a word and they lack even the basic constructs of a personality. So no, this is not a major motion picture, nor a minor – it is, in its totality, a money making venture along the lines of Katy Perry’s A Part of Me and Justin Bieber’s whatever movie…the milking of a cash cow.
This not all to say that Worlds Away is not without merit. The visuals are stunning and the acts are creative – a real feast for the eyes in glorious 3-D. But at the same time, what makes the live show such a thrill is precisely what is lacking from the film; there is no risk, no excitement, no improvising. All the performances are without flaw or even the potential for flaw, and this makes the film all the more sedated and predictable. For a 92 minute running time, it hardly captivated me for 15 minutes.
If you want the real Cirque du Soleil experience, catch the genuine article, otherwise this commercial venture masquerading as a main stream flick with art house sensibilities is as much a waste of time as it sounds.