ALL TOGETHER NOW!(D: Adrian Wills, Canada). 85 minutes. Saturday (April 19), 9:15 pm; Saturday (April 20), 3:45 pm, Bloor. Rating: NNNN
Cirque du Soleil’s Love, a visually inventive staging of Beatles songs, has been packing out its Las Vegas theatre for two solid years. So despite All Together Now!’s manipulative attempts to add tension to this behind-the-scenes look at the work’s creation, you know the show will go on and make all its rich participants even richer.
Director Adrian Wills needs to tell a story, though, so he pieces together interviews with Cirque’s honchos, a few acrobats with poignant backstories and remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as widows Yoko Ono and OIivia Harrison to look at the difficulties of collaboration.
It’s all more appropriate for a DVD to sell during Cirque intermissions than for a presentation at a world-class doc film festival.
Still, you get a good sense of Love’s essence – which Ono summarizes in one laconic statement. And then there’s the music, which McCartney, Starr and producer George Martin discuss with fresh insights and a bit of teary-eyed nostalgia.