Cirque du Soleil movies are a lot like ballet films long on beauty and artistry, short on story.
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is a 3-D catalog of the wonders of the Cirque companys Las Vegas shows, from Believe and Mystere to O and Viva Elvis. It is a feast for the eyes, an appreciation of the accomplished art of the jugglers, mimes, acrobats and aerialists.
Live and in person, these shows are physical and technical spectacles, the state-of-the-art in what is possible in live performance. On film? The spectacle is a little less spectacular, the sappy Enye-ish score monotonous and the story takes on importance that it cannot sustain.
Their movies are what the live shows never are boring. Its all quite lovely, mesmerizing and right on the edge of sleep-inducing.
Then, just as youre about to doze off, the Viva Elvis and The Beatles Love segments 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 reminder of the indispensable place Cirque du Soleil holds in popular entertainment. Theres no substitute for live performance.