Family Movie Review: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG          Length: 91 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 8+. Some embracing, kissing, and very mild violence (fighting, mainly). Also a sense of suspense throughout because of the performers’ circus-like physical feats.

‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’ can’t capture the thrilling appeal of seeing the performers live, in the flesh, doing crazy things in the air in front and above you. But this collection of scenes from the Canadian entertainment’s company work, although seeming like an overly long commercial, will be a nice excursion for young and old viewers alike.

By Roxana Hadadi

Movies, pretty much always, have motives.

The 3-D rerelease of “Monsters, Inc.” earlier this week, for example, is meant to build excitement for the film’s 2013 sequel, “Monsters University.” This year’s blockbusters “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Hunger Games,” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” whet our appetites for their inevitable follow-ups, in the form of trilogies or beyond. And “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” is basically a very long commercial for the Canadian entertainment company, featuring scenes from their seven acts in Las Vegas and meant to dazzle and amaze audiences … and inspire them to see Cirque du Soleil live. It’s a tricky scheme, but for the most part, it works—parents and children alike will be enthralled by “Worlds Away.”