I will tell you straightaway, dear readers, why I relate to this movie. The central idea to the film is that emotion is a human characteristic, and to suppress it in the name of freedom and peace is to instead promote tyranny and enslavement. Some time ago, I was proscribed a psychiatric drug that had the unfortunate side effect of cognitive slowing, both logically and emotionally. I literally found it difficult to feel. Such a state drove me to madness. I was not able to break free even after threatening suicide and being committed inpatient, where the psychiatrist there severely curtailed the dose. No, it was not until the state (which supplied my only insurance at the time) forbade such off-label use.
No, it was not Prozac, although the movie calls its drug Prozium, a rather sly reference to the same.
In the following posts, I will show how the Monomyth cycle applies to the film, although some elements have some interesting twists. I hope to persuade you all that the film is much worthier than the panning it received from critics and some audiences, especially as an example of the Hero’s Journey. It is not considered much as such an example, but it is deserving of mention.
NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Partridge forsakes his training: John Preston’s Call to Adventure