Directed by: Andrew Adamson
By now you would be hard pressed to find someone who had not heard of Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun in English) — the Canadian entertainment company, that self-describes itself as “a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” The troupe is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by a pair of former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. This amazing troupe has traveled the big top to the big screen, and now through the extraordinary Academy Award-nominated director Adamson and visionary filmmaker James Cameron invite audiences on an all-new 3D adventure — Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away.
In this new cinematic visualization, a pair of young people journey through the extraordinary and mesmerizing worlds of Cirque du Soleil to discover each other as both they and the theater audiences experience the impressive 3D technology that allows them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the on-screen performers.
We are initially presented with a young woman in a small Mid-Western town who wanders into a traveling carnival one evening. There she is enticed by a silent clown to visit the carnival’s circus and see The Aerialist — the show’s star attraction. Once inside, she is entranced by The Aerialist, however, during his act he seems to miss a catch and falls to the ground. The young gal rushes to assist him, only the ground beneath them both falls way and they slip through the very Earth into a dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil.
Once there they become separated, and separately they travel through a number of different tent worlds attempting to locate each other once again. While wandering through the dreamscape, they interact with the strange and beautiful world they find as well as with the numerous interesting and wonderful performers and performances of Cirque du Soleil.
While it is a marvelous experience to witness Cirque du Soleil live, not all of us will get to do that, so this film is certainly the very next best thing to a live show, and we highly recommend it.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.