I was planning on sitting down to watch Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away with my five year old Rainbow. Having seen previous Cirque DVDs I figured she’d enjoy it, though it is rated PG for “some dramatic images and mild sensuality”.
However just prior to heading downstairs to watch Cirque du Soleil: World’s Away with my daughter, I posted this on Facebook…
…and within seconds I had a message from my husband, upset that I would consider watching it without him. I felt a little guilty, and I was already having some second thoughts over whether or not I should be watching a PG rated flick with my 5 year old without previewing it. So I swapped our viewing plans over to an animated kid’s movie, setting Cirque aside to watch with hubby. And then it ended up taking us a few days to actually find time to sit down and watch it. However, it was worth the wait. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is the perfect “date night” movie.
The plot is simple. A young girl, who seems like a bit of an outcast, visits the circus and ever so briefly meets a young boy. And then like Alice following the white rabbit down his hole, she follows the lad into a magical wonderland and spends the rest of the film chasing after him through fantastical and bizarre landscapes. The film incorporates acts from several different live Cirque du Soleil shows, O, Mystère, Kà, (The Beatles) Love, Zumanity, Viva Elvis and Criss Angel Believe, weaving them together to make a continuous narrative.
Though the plot wasn’t particularly riveting, the film literally had me on the edge of my seat. The sets, the costumes, everything was just breathtakingly gorgeous. The instrumental sections of the music were hauntingly beautiful. Add in the amazing feats of the Cirque performers and you’ve got one compelling film that I’ll likely be watching over and over.
I fell in love with the lead actress, Erica Linz. The predominantly wordless narrative was mainly driven by her expressive face, and her infectious smile was hard to ignore. I also loved the way the film took bits and pieces of various Cirque shows and threaded them together. For example, I would be highly unlikely to sit through an entire Elvis themed show, but the Viva Elvis scene with costumed super heroes performing pinball like trampoline antics was a treat.
Honestly I haven’t a clue as to why this film is rated PG; the conflict is minimal, and the mild sensuality is so extremely mild that I couldn’t even spot it. So right after watching Cirque du Soleil: World’s Away with hubby, the very next afternoon the girls and I had a “circus party”. According to my five year old you can’t have a circus without a parade, so the three of us got dressed up, listened to the Love CD and made music stomping up and down the hallway. This went on for a good half hour before we finally stomped our way down to the family room and curled up on the couch with some extremely tasty Cirque du Soleil popcorn and settled in to watch the film. The girls loved it, and I certainly didn’t mind sitting through it a second time.
|Cirque sent me this awesome viewing pack full of all sorts of goodies.|
The goodie package that we received along with the movie very much added to the whole Cirque feel, and left me seriously wanting to attend one of their live shows. The Blu-Ray/DVD includes a coupon for 20% off on select Cirque du Soleil live shows, which just adds to the temptation.
Overall, I highly recommend Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. It works both as a “date night” movie, and as family viewing. If you’ve ever wanted to see Cirque, this seven show sampler is for you. Be prepared for a fantastical and somewhat nonsensical ride. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery and the jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics. If you’ve enjoyed Cirque’s whimsical antics in their previous shows or DVDs, I think you’ll be delighted with this film.
Disclosure: I received a viewing pack, as described above. As always my words and opinions are my own.