Brief summary: A close friend bugged me to watch this a while back, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since it’s close to her birthday, I thought I’d write about the film here, to share with all of you.
It’s basically about the teachings of Joseph Campbell, who, according to wikipedia, was “an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”
Joseph Campbell was the first person to realize that in every fictional story or movie (or damn near every single movie and novel), there is a character who travels on the “Hero’s Journey”… basically overcoming obstacles, fears, and challenges to arrive at a place that holds some type of spiritual reward… whether it’s building character, falling in love, realizing one’s big dream, etc.
It may sound somewhat trite, but the message of the movie is powerful as hell, and quite inspiring. It’s a documentary, but told by people (famous and not-so) who believe in the simple, but powerful message of “following your bliss.”
A must-see. You used to be able to watch the movie in full on YouTube, but it’s since been removed. See if Netflix or somewhere similar has it to watch, online (for free). If you’ve ever felt a bit lost in life, even though you’re really passionate about something… this movie will change your life.
It’s worth your time, believe me.