OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (3-D). Starring Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner; directed by Andrew Adamson.
The closest I've come to experiencing Cirque du Soleil is the 2000 film Journey of a Man, which I was lucky enough to see in not only 3-D, but also in IMAX format.
It wasn't a film I had planned to see, but one I was happy I had made the effort to view. It was beautiful to watch.
This Cirque du Soleil film, Worlds Away, follows a young woman who is mesmerised by an acrobat from a small circus. While the acrobat performs on the trapeze, he falls to the ground that then swallows him up. Shocked, the young woman jumps to her feet and quickly follows him allowing the ground to swallow her up as well. While falling into another world, they are separated and try to find each other by travelling through brightly coloured tents, each with a different Cirque du Soleil flavour.
This format is the perfect tease for those who have not been exposed to the wonder of Cirque du Soleil, allowing audiences to see a number of the company's acts including the water-based O, The Beatles inspired Love and the sensual Zumanity. For some audiences this will be the only way to see these incredible acrobats and it's an amazing way to see it.
James Cameron, (Avatar) who some now consider the man who reinvented 3-D technology, knew what he was doing with Worlds Away. Not only is the 3-D perfectly suited and well-used in this film, but it is shot from three different perspectives; the live audience from each of the Cirque du Soleil acts, the two characters struggling to find one another and the acrobats performing technically challenging and flawless stunts.
Adding an element of fantastic that can only be drawn from one's imagination, is Kiwi director, Andrew Adamson whose previous work includes The Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek. His style is seen throughout Worlds Away, making it feel like a fantasy film.
To me Cirque du Soleil is about the beauty in the impossible that only seems to happen in dreams. This is why there were many times while watching Worlds Away that I caught myself gasping, or saying to myself "wow".
It only made me disappointed that I couldn't watch an entire production, instead of samples from a few.
- The Southland Times