GRADE: C+ Film can’t mir­ror ‘Cirque’ spec­ta­cle

Sleepy trans­la­tion re­minds us that there is no sub­sti­tute for the real thing.

Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE - Byrogermoore Mcclatchy-tri­bune news ser­vice Cirque contributed by para­mount pic­tures

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 com­pany’s 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, tum­blers, mimes, con­tor­tion­ists, ac­ro­bats and aeri­al­ists that have made Cirque a brand name for fam­ily-friendly won­ders, even in Sin City.

Live, 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 im­por- tance that it can­not sus­tain.

Their movies are what the live shows never are — bor­ing.

“Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia” di­rec­tor An­drew Adam­son has writ­ten a con­nect­ing tale to take us through the tents that hold th­ese Ve­gas “Worlds.”

Igor Zaripov plays The Aeri­al­ist and Erica Linz plays Mia in “Cirque de Soleil: Worlds Away.”

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