Cirque du Soleil : Worlds Away

Posted: August 7, 2015 by lambentI2e in Information

Worlds AwayThe beauty about TV or the movies is that you have the flexibility of being able to shout “Cut!” And then make adjustments to lighting, sets, actors, and even camera angles and speed. For someone who believes in the immediacy and the excitement of raw live circus, I was pretty certain it would be an uphill battle to try capturing the magic of circus on the screen, let alone the spectacular nature of anything by Cirque du Soleil.

Worlds Away is a nicely gift wrapped production that almost passes the is-always-watchable mark, but is still a treat to watch. Executive producer James Cameron, god of 3D, finally managed to persuade the Cirque people to let him translate circus into the 3D format. I deliberately avoided watching it in this format: Not everyone has 3D capabilities, not everyone is a 3D fan, and 3D will not make up for a lacklustre story or production.

But then again, this IS Cirque du Soleil.

Worlds Away is about a girl named Mia, who visits a quaint old circus, locks eyes with the Aerialist during a performance, and ends up following him into a dream world to reunite with him . But not before she has to travel through various tents (aka Cirque production sets) in her journey.

There are the usual gamut of circus staples like aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and kooky characters. But the highlights stand out proudly, my favourites being the trampoline superheroes, and the ship trapeze acrobats ( the latter warranted a second and third viewing ).

Worlds Away

Not much can be said for the storyline, as it feels like a who’s who presentation of the different Cirque shows. In fact, filming was done at the various respective stages for each individual segments (eg Ka at the Ka stage in Las Vegas) . There was almost no chemistry between the 2 leads, but in all fairness, they barely had much screen time together.

Plus, this is one show you really don’t need substitles for.

If you’re at least a circus fan, Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away should provide you with a good viewing (or 2). If you’re not, you might want to consider catching a live show to see the true awe and wonder or circus.

World’s Away is available on DVD

Worlds Away


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