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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Review. Circus On Crack


Rama comes in with another review.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D is like Circus on crack. What a spellbinding visual splendor of a joyride! You won’t believe your eyes! You’re going to be bombarded with so many colors, stunning stage spectacles, creative transitions and clever choreographies, that you may get brain freeze by the time this film or should I say attraction, ends…

A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.

When I first saw footage and clips of this film, months ago, I thought it was just another effort by 3D preacher James Cameron to try and jam 3D down our throats again, but I was willing to give it a shot, because I’ve always been a big fan of Cirque Du Soleil, although the only show of theirs I’ve ever watched was Zumanity in Las Vegas. But these guys are extraordinary athletic, I think each of them could get a gold medal if they ever complete in the Olympics for the gymnastic rounds. What makes CIRQUE DU SOLEIL world renown is that they always bring something new to the table, there’s always an acrobat or a movement that’s just groundbreaking and never been seen before and only they can pull it off. In many ways, it’s like watching an elaborate magic trick from a grand illusionist, and that’s exactly what this film accomplishes.

The story by writer/director Andrew Adamson, may be thin but I think even he understands that audiences aren’t too concerned about the plot or whether or not the cute girl would be reunited with her Aeralist crush, just as long as they and the rest of the crew put on a good show. For the sake of the story, there’s even protagonist and antagonist but in between you get lots of interesting colorful characters that may or may not have any connection to the story but the acts that they can do will blow your mind. There’s one segment involving a lady inside a giant bowl of water, and that’s the only vicinity that she worked in, the way the camera capture her every movement just took my breath away. How the film combines natural elements with practical effects is a treat, the 3D effects puts your senses to a whole other test. The film even pays tribute to the old classic circus tent and carnival that some of us grew up with. Though at times it does move and feel like some kind of national geographic documentary.

But CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D is for those of us who can’t afford the expensive tickets to see them perform live in Vegas. You can now enjoy the incredible wonder at the comfort of your local 3D theaters.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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