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The bottom line for all these speakers is that if you follow the so-called hero's journey, you will find fame and fortune. I think we've heard this tune before.
Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.
Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the pic's colorful surface.
Solomon's approach places didacticism over revelation. The film is weighed down by a barrage of declarations from zealots in which wisdom is intertwined with the self-evident and platitudinous.
Finding Joe feels like a homemade quilt: It's warm and comforting, but visually busy, with a repeating pattern that some will find stuffy and overwhelming.
Everyone's comments are thoughtful and articulate but everyone stays "on message" so steadfastly that no dialogue ever ensues. It's 20 people giving the same lecture.
Useful and arguably illuminating documentary introduction to the work of Joseph Campbell.
Earnest attempt to introduce Joseph Campbell's philosophy looks and feels like an infomercial.
Nicely shot and edited but generally employs a standard "talking heads" approach and lectures more than it engages. It is strongest whenever it quotes (Joseph) Campbell directly.
A multidimensional film featuring commentaries from writers and filmmakers on how Joseph Campbell's hero's journey finds expression in our lives.
The film quickly becomes redundant, and there's a self-congratulatory smugness to it that's off-putting.
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