It’s better to see it on the stage. No, I’m not talking about “Les Miserables.” The spectacle that hits theaters today is “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D,” a moderately enjoyable film that lacks the awe-inspiring visual and aural aplomb of Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil’s live shows.
The film is a compilation of acts from Cirque du Soleil’s past and present Las Vegas spectaculars, including “O,” “Kà,” “Mystere,” “Zumanity,” and “The Beatles’ Love.” The international cast of super-skilled performers includes dazzling acrobats, contortionists, and trapeze artists who, under the Cirque du Soleil trademark, have redefined circus arts in ways that make them blazingly inventive and unique theatrical events. Director Andrew Adamson (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”), working with producer James Cameron, makes impressive use of 3-D technology. The movie was filmed in 3-D and rather than a gimmicky effect, it creates depth and perspective that does enhance the visual experience. But what’s missing is the magical atmosphere of being around polished street theatrics, the inventive use of original music performed by a live band and, in no small part, the breath-catching sense of danger and tension that makes watching the aerialists and acrobats of a live Cirque show such a thrill.