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Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and it's never ending quest for harmony between man and nature.
A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, then delight. As an adolescent, he enters a desert, where a man spins a large cube of metal tubing. He leaves his instinct-guides behind, and enters a garden where two statues dance in a pond. As he watches their sensual acrobatics of love, he becomes a man. He is offered wealth (represented by a golden hat) by a devil figure. In a richly decorated room, a scruffy troupe of a dozen acrobats and a little girl reawaken the old man's youthful nature and love. Written by
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Let's just get it out of the way -- this film is artsy to a major fault. Instead of focusing on the talent and showmanship of Cirque de Soleil, it instead tries to take us on a whirlwind tour of a man's life. Needless to say, the "plot" falls flat, and the "instinct" characters are annoying at best. They detract from the rest of the action.
By the end of the film I was quite dissapointed -- the whole idea is good, but poorly executed and only manages to send the audience scrambling for the exit -- which was the case in our showing. People were pushing each other out of the way to leave!
The worst part of everything about watching this film was trying not to crack up and make jokes at the screen a la MST3K. It's prime material, which is a real shame considering the talent of Cirque de Soleil. Definitely skip this movie.
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