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Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away 3D – film review

February 20, 2013


Even better than the real thing.

Reviewed on Friday 15th February 2013

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Written and directed by Andrew Adamson. Produced by James Cameron, Andrew Adamson, Martin Bolduc and Aron Warner. Music by Stephen Barton. Starring:     Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov and John Clarke. Running time: 97 mins.

Cirque Du Soleil (which literally translates as Circus Of The Sun), is a French- Canadian circus troupe first formed in Montreal, Canada in 1984. Combining high     wire trapeze acts with acrobatics, contortionists, puppetry and outlandish costumes, Cirque Du Soleil has travelled the globe entertaining millions of people on virtually every continent.

And now we have the movie.

Directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson (helmer of Shrek and The Chronicles     Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe), Worlds Away was produced by legendary filmmaker and Digital 3D pioneer, James Cameron.

Erica Linz plays a young woman in a small mid-west town, who one night visits         a low-rent circus and is immediately smitten by a handsome aerialist (Igor Zaripov) who, midway through his high-wire trapeze act, plummets to the ground and certain death – only to be sucked down into a magical vortex which appears in the sawdust. And just like Alice in Wonderland before her, the young woman follows him down the rabbit hole and soon finds herself wandering an enchanted fantasy world – a world populated with outlandish characters, bizarre sights, wonderment and danger.

Worlds Away combines existing routines from seven Cirque Du Soleil shows – O, Mystere, Ka, Love, Zumanity, Viva Elvis and Criss Angel Believe – along with all-new material created specifically to link the various set-pieces together into a relatively cohesive narrative. The eclectic world music score by Stephen Barton blends ethnic sounds and motifs from various cultures and is essentially the glue which holds the piece together. Lensed in New York City and at various Las Vegas casino shows in 2011, the film is much more than just a mere recording of the live shows, as the added bonus of viewing the spectacle from multiple angles completely immerses     us within the world on-screen.

The film has many ‘Wow!’ moments, including the aerialist and the steel frame cube, the martial arts fight sequences on the rotating verticle wall, the twin wheels of death, and an extended sequence which incorporates actual songs from iconic pop group     The Beatles (George Harrison and Cirque Du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte were firm friends). Featured songs include: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, All You Need Is Love and While My Guitar Gently Weeps – with the Octopus’ Garden number, featuring all manner of aquatic wildlife floating on high wires – being especially impressive.

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For anyone who’s been fed up with the plethora of inferior 3D conversions (and           I count myself among you), this movie will restore your faith in the 3D format.

Combining feats of death defying skill with images of mesmerizing beauty and moments of quirky surrealism, Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away is a spectacularly immersive 3D experience for the whole family and one not to be missed.

5 stars out of 5

Star ratings: 1 – poor / 2 – below average / 3 – good / 4  – excellent / 5 – unmissable

Viewed in 3D at the Palace-Nova East End Cinemas, Adelaide, February 15th 2013.

Greg Moss is a film school graduate with a background in directing music videos     and is currently seeking representation as a screenwriter. He likes creative people, feeding the cat and watching genre movies.

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