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not a stage show
on 6 November 2008
This is as described - a documentary account of the making of the Cirque du Soleil LOVE show in Las Vegas. To expect a complete performance of the stage show would be asking too much. The show, like any other designed for the stage has to be seen..er...on the stage.
We've all heard criticism of the soundtrack album and about how the sacred work shouldn't be played around with - BUT don't forget, it's a soundtrack to a show, just as this film is a documentary about the way that the show came to life.
One thing that comes over in the film, as in the show, is the care in portraying the main players (ie the Beatles) as having a great collective sense of humour. Something easy to forget all these years later.
Having seen the show twice now, I feel that it would be impossible to capture effectively on film and that, for the money, this documentary is a great little taster, costing a fraction of the ticket price.
Only criticism I'd make of the whole enterprise is that it could, perhaps, have done with some input from Cynthia and Pattie as well as Yoko and Olivier.
I'd recommend it for what it is and, having enjoyed watching it, hope to see the show again when finances allow!