Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Review

Having never seen a Cirque du Soleil show (and only having just gone to my first circus a few months ago), I was particularly excited to see Andrew Adamson’s new film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.  And with its simple story and stunning visuals, this journey into the world of Cirque du Soleil certainly did not disappoint!  The film itself follows the story of Mia (Erica Linz), a young woman who visits a traveling carnival.  She is shown to be ostracized by her peers as she wanders the carnival, taking in the sights it has to offer.  She eventually finds her way to the carnival’s big top tent, where the star Aerialist (Igor Zaripov) is about to take center stage.  Mia is immediately smitten with him, but he misses a grab on the trapeze and falls to the ground.  Rushing to help him, the ground gives way, and both fall into the mystical realm of Cirque du Soleil.


Mia finds herself in a dreamy world shrouded in mist, broken only by the rays of the moon and grandiose circus tents of varying size and color.  She makes her way to one and encounters a clown (John Clarke) who wordlessly welcomes her to the show and pulls back the red curtain.  What follows is an incredible journey through the various Cirque du Soleil shows as Mia and the Aerialist search for each other, finally reuniting and dancing their way through the air in the film’s final performance.


One of the many remarkable things Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away does is give each featured Cirque du Soleil show enough time on the center stage to dazzle the audience before moving on to the next performance.  And with as much visual stimulation as the various shows provide, the simple story of two people searching for and eventually finding each other works perfectly.  Of course, the real story is in the world of Cirque du Soleil itself – each tent features a different show with different performers that director Andrew Adamson is able to capture on film in stunning detail.


Alongside the incredible circus visuals, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away will certainly receive praise for its 3D effects, as well.  The 3D in this film is some of the best I have seen all year, from trapeze artists flying through the air on a makeshift boat to fire that you can practically reach out and touch, the 3D in Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away served its purpose well – Mia and the Aerialist are not the only two that are transported into the world of Cirque du Soleil.  And that is perhaps what the film does best of all – not everyone can often find themselves with the opportunity to see a Cirque du Soleil show, but with Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, you can find yourself virtually in the front row, enjoying the mystique of the circus like never before.

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