Review: ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’ (G) ****

NEW Zealand director Andrew Adamson has assembled excerpts from seven Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil shows running in Las Vegas in 2011: “O”, “Mystère”, “Kà”, “Love”, “Zumanity”, “Viva Elvis” and “Criss Angel Believe”.

That provenance should be enough to give a preliminary buzz to devotees of traditional circus acts not involving animals. Trapeze, aerial, trampoline, gymnastics, clowns, mechanical marvels and more. The dramatisation of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the vigour of the mass trampoline act are standouts.

For us ordinary mortals, for whom circus involves animals, the film will nevertheless not disappoint. As it unfolds, we keep asking: “How do they do it?” Not only the performers whose athleticism is profound. Placing cameras and managing choreography, particularly for breathtaking aerialist routines with their risk of entangling the wires, must have needed complex analysis and decisions.

Best not to wonder too much. It all works. So enjoy.

I understand that some cinemas impose a surcharge for the 3D version I saw. It doesn’t greatly improve the watching experience.

At Hoyts, Palace Electric and Limelight

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