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By Doug Norrie 2012-12-16 12:15:54discussion comments
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Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
I can sort of do a somersault if given enough time and clearance. My parents signed me up for gymnastics in the second grade (voted least flexible student ever). I used to be able to do two whole pull-ups in a row without a break. And I can touch my shins when bending over. So I think I know what I’m talking about when it comes to a movie based on Cirque Du Soleil. I’m a performer and acrobat at heart.

The majesty involved with these shows (and the revenue, >$800 million annually, yep) is difficult to comprehend. The shear elegance, gravity defiance, encompassing sound and visual mind-f@#$ery involved is something, I think, perfectly geared to the big screen. And though there’s rarely a substitute for the real thing, this movie appears to play on the show’s strengths while also offering a narrative and “setting” the live version can’t necessarily create. What I’m saying is, this doesn’t appear simply a video of a show, but rather a supplement or new approach to the winning model building on the Cirque Du Soleil imprint while diverging off into other avenues. Basically, it looks visually awesome. That being said, there may be some disconnect when not seeing the show live, in essence eliminating some of what makes the stunts so spectacular.

Andrew Adamson (Shrek‘s one and two-89%) The Chronicles of Narnia one and two - 76%, 67% respectively) helms this “adaptation”. It’s a bold undertaking, considering the show’s reputation. It looks like he may have pulled it off. I have a feeling he *ahem* sticks the landing. The Rotten Watch for Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away is 74%


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