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Movie review: 'Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away'

“Cirque:” Their movies are what the live shows never are — boring.
Oklahoman Published: December 21, 2012

/articleid/3739232/1/pictures/1912107">Photo - Academy Award nominee Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”) writes and directs and three-time Oscar winner James Cameron (“Titanic,” “Avatar”) executive produces “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” which showcases performances from some of the Canadian entertainment company’s most sophisticated productions. Paramount Pictures photo
Academy Award nominee Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”) writes and directs and three-time Oscar winner James Cameron (“Titanic,” “Avatar”) executive produces “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” which showcases performances from some of the Canadian entertainment company’s most sophisticated productions. Paramount Pictures photo

And always, just out of sight and out of reach, the aerialist is tugged into other worlds, other places to display his prowess. Unseen forces keep the couple apart.

It's all quite lovely, mesmerizing — and right on the edge of sleep-inducing.

Then, just as you're about to doze off, the “Viva Elvis” and “The Beatles Love” segments turn up and give the show momentum, and a beat we can dance to.

Cheaper than a trip to Vegas, “Worlds Away” is, even in gorgeous 3-D, a wonderful reminder of the indispensable place Cirque du Soleil holds in popular entertainment.

They're fabulous, even on film. But there's no substitute for live performance.

— Roger Moore, MCT Information Services


MOVIE REVIEW

‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away'

PG1:282 ½ stars

Starring: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov. (Some dramatic images and mild sensuality)

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