Emily Blunt Review
Directed by: Patrick Takaya Solomon
Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Hawk, Rashida Jones,
Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Robin Sharma, Catherine Hardwicke,
Sir Ken Robinson, Akiva Goldsman
Joseph Campbell was a professor at Sarah
Lawrence College for 38 years. His seminal work, "A Hero
with a Thousand Faces," was published in 1949 and greatly
influenced generations of artists and writers, including Bob Dylan,
Jim Morrison, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Jerry Garcia and
perhaps Charlie Sheen (though, if so, Chuck has freely “interpreted”
a few key factors…).
Joe was a philosopher. He felt humans created
myths and legends as metaphors for learning to become what you
are meant to be. The universe will open a door when you lose your
fear and go for what makes you happy. With all the fear mongering
in the media, this documentary is the anti-fear film of the decade.
And, yes, Finding
Joe is one of those philosophy-filled self-help, feel
good and find your greatness yarns inspired by the man behind
the message of, “Follow your bliss.” But if you think
only hippies drop security-filled work-a-day, happy-to-get-two
weeks-vacation and run after what they are passionate about, you're
sadly mistaken. Maybe the message will smack you upside the head
into living – literally…living. Maybe you'll find
Through interviews with people – with the
same beliefs – in varied walks of life, director Patrick
Takaya Solomon tells the secret to and the story of finding Joe.
I don’t think I am giving anything away when I say here,
finding Joe is a metaphor for finding yourself, while discovering
the words of one heluva smart thinker, who loved metaphors to
My only whine
is the piece has a fable-esque movie unfolding that runs behind
and between interview subjects. There’s some points that
truly make no sense, and the soundtrack is a continually triumphant
end-of-a-film crescendo sort.
Joe is very inspirational, while also being very odd.
Though I think as the film maker is actually following the creed
of its subject, Joe Campbell, my personal dislike for the often
jarring ongoing back fable intertwined between interviewees means
absolutely nothing. He did what he wanted and the magic comes
through in the end.
is a great and needed documentary. Let’s just say it’s
made differently; and not in a The Kid Stays in the Picture
revolutionary made different way.
Get out and see this film; or buy it when
you can. Sure, you will sometimes be eyeing the exit signs for
assurance, but if you stick with it, you may just have a wonderful
epiphany at its end.
must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have
the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell