Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Spectacular, but without a real story, it might bore kids.

PG 2012 91 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 7+

Overall a good film to see some of Cirque's spectacular acts if a little too long

We love Cirque and our daughter has watched Journey of Man on DVD since she was three and loves it. Now 5 1/2 we thought Worlds Away would be a good next step short of going to a show for which we feel she is still too young. This is a very different film than Journey of Man. It is darker in both lighting and content. It is also a bit more suspenseful and somewhat obscure in its message. After about 15 to 20 minutes it seemed due to the content we were not sure if our daughter was scared or not. We explained to her that it was a circus fantasy and it wasn't real and was she scared and did she want to leave? She did not want to leave. So we said OK. The film is a little disjointed trying to do Cirque's usual thing of tying together a personal journey through the very different acts. Many of the acts are spectacular but some are mediocre. The film could've been about 20 to 30 minutes shorter. It was also too loud. I've heard of Zumanity but have never seen it and did not know or tell at the time that there was an act from it in the film. The end is a touching romantic love story more than something basely suggestive. It was the best part of the film and the duo's acrobatic work was spectacular. It was not that much different than watching a duo act at Disney on Ice. Chances are this is not for younger kids but we felt she was ready for this. After it was over she told us she enjoyed it and that she was not scared. So it's all good!! Maybe best to get on DVD and skip through certain parts.

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age 5+

When it comes out on DVD I will definitely buy it.

This is a very artistic film. If you enjoy Cirque du Soleil performances you will want to clap at the end (as the audience did at the theather we went to). There are a couple of "violent" seens but they are very well choreographed fight performances. The 3D element adds a feeling of having front row seats.

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Great role models
Too much violence

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