Ringo Starr (left), Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney get by with a little help from Cirque.
ALL TOGETHER NOW! (Adrian Wills). 85 minutes. Some subtitles. Opens Friday (October 10). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
Cirque du Soleil's Love, a visually inventive staging of Beatles songs, has been packing out its Las Vegas theatre for several 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 super-rich participants even super-richer.
Director Adrian Wills needs to tell a story, though, so he pieces together interviews with some of Cirque's head honchos, a few acrobats with poignant backstories and surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison to examine the difficulties of collaboration on so huge a canvas.
It's all more appropriate for a DVD to sell during Cirque intermissions: call it Behind The Backflips. But for those curious about how the circus phenomenon negotiates (consider their decision to turn down staging the 2010 Winter Olympics), this is pretty revelatory.
It's also a great big splashy promo. You get a good sense of Love's essence - which Ono summarizes in one laconic statement. And then, of course, there's the music, which McCartney, Starr and producer George Martin discuss with fresh insights and a bit of teary-eyed nostalgia.