I love Cirque du Soleil. I have seen two live performances, The Journey of Man movie, and a recorded stage performance. Alegria is the stage performance that I've let my kids watch on DVD since they were 2. So I felt pretty confident taking my 3 and 6 yr old to the movie theater on this one. Some great scenes, but definitely disjointed as the professional reviewers say. I don't expect a plot, but the performances were short and scattered. 'Journey of Man' had vinnettes, but this did not. As previous reviewer have said, there are dark scenes with dark music and battles between groups. There are also some beautiful performances. Some of the darkness comes from the lighting to give the underground cave effect. Not the brillance from the forest scenes in other productions. I don't know anything about the Vegas performances, but having the Beatles music in the middle ruined it for me.
Common Sense media missed the mark on the consumerism point. There is NO consumerism in this movie! Cirque du Soleil is a brand like Disney or Pixar, but there are no action figures, clothing, or coloring books to sell! Cirque du Soleil promotes individualism, imagination, strength, and skill.
This is only the second movie in a theater I've taken my kids to. No regrets, just hide their eyes during the previews. The previews are more violent than the movie.