The look and feel of the film is deliciously moody; just creepy enough without going too far. The 3D is exceptional, too, adding depth to the show so it really does feel like you’re suspended on a high wire with the performers, minus any fear of falling. It’s not for the average viewer, but if you’re looking for something different this holiday season, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away may be just what the sad clown ordered.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: None.
  • Language/Profanity:  No discernible profanity; some of the few words in the film are spoken harshly, some in what might be a foreign language.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Many characters are scantily clad (though all the important bits are mostly covered). Many others wear costumes that are basically multi-colored second skin; we get several close ups of intimate areas during the course of the show, though not for sensual effect.
  • Violence/Disturbing: Sideshow performer hammers a nail into her nose. A man is set on fire, though apparently this doesn’t bother him. Performers are shot with arrows and fall off a cliff-like thing; stick-fighting; character gets punched in the face. Characters are chained, ganged up on, and placed inside a large basket. People resembling giant bugs emerge from the ground and act menacing. Personally, I found the disembodied bunny head that hops upside down on its ears and the abused ‘test your strength’ machine the most unsettling.
  • Spiritual Themes: The show falls into the ‘fantasy’ genre for good reason; after the first few minutes nothing much resembles any sort of reality. In one segment performers stack themselves into something that resembles a multi-limbed Eastern god.

*This Review First Published 12/20/2012