Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Rated 3.0

Visiting a shabby one-ring circus, a simple country girl (Erica Linz) is smitten with the show's star aerialist (Igor Zaripov); together they fall through a vortex in the sawdust of the ring, traveling through a series of magical shows searching for one another. And on that simple, even flimsy, story premise, writer-director Andrew Adamson hangs a phantasmagoric tour of the various Cirque du Soleil shows playing at one Vegas casino or another during 2011: Ká, Mystère, Zumanity, Viva Elvis, etc. Each act is sublimely gorgeous to behold and lovingly photographed—but there's a big difference between seeing them live in a casino showroom and in a movie, where deceiving the eye is the default setting. Lovely as each act is, they soon become monotonous, even tiresome, and the movie ends up less than the sum of its parts.