Cirque_du_Soleil-_Worlds_Away_3D_4You’re sure to have more fun at “Jack Reacher” than you will at another film that opens today, although you’ll have less opportunity to zone out on spectacle. The movie is called “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” and if you have yet to experience the French-Canadian acrobatic contortionist stage shows in Las Vegas for yourself, the movie will certainly save you a plane ticket and about 180 bucks.

“Worlds Away” is an attempt to squeeze four of the Cirque’s eye-poppingly colorful and mysterious stage shows into one equally eye-popping movie, but even in 3-D you’re likely to find yourself bored once in a while. Surely, that’s not the fault of the Cirque, who are definitely talented and will continue to sell out shows at the Bellagio and Treasure Island. But, in movie form, “Worlds Away” misses out on the impact factor of seeing this all happen before your very eyes. Yes, much of what happens in “Worlds Away” appears to be live, but it’s also diced up into a movie, and the cuts rob it of its essence.

It’ll be interesting to see how “Worlds Away” performs at the box office. It comes to us, at no fault of its own, during a very crowded and very overwhelming family movie season — with “Rise of the Guardians,” “The Hobbit,” and “Monsters, Inc. 3D” already vying for attention, and “Parental Guidance” still on the way. “Worlds Away” is in no way a bad movie, just overlong and maybe too much of a good thing. I had fun jamming to at least two of the Cirque’s acts: “Love,” which features quite a few songs by the Beatles, and “Viva Elvis,” which incorporates the music of The Pelvis himself. I just didn’t need to see them all crammed into the same movie.

★★ out of ★★★★

Rated PG for mild violence. 91 minutes.

Director: Andrew Adamson. Starring: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov.

Categories: Jesse Hoheisel, Reviews

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