The Hero’s Journey

The Fifth Element: The Hero’s Journey (Part 2)

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(Reminder: Captions are not real quotes from the movie. Spoilers ahead.)

Last we left off, our hero “Refused the Call.”

[Thrust Into the World]

As David (Cornelius’ sidekick) and Leeloo are about to claim Korben’s ticket, our hero catches up just in time to prove he is the real Korben Dallas. Foiled, Cornelius attempts to sneak on the ship. A couple of Mangalores, the aliens once working for Zorg, try to force their way onto the spaceship, unwittingly providing a distraction for Cornelius to sneak on.

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The Fifth Element: The Hero’s Journey (Part 1)

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There are few people in cinema I love more than Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Luc Besson; The Fifth Element included all three, and apologized for leaving out Morgan Freeman by adding a blue alien performing the most epic opera ever. Apology accepted.

With that said, I’m so glad you voted for The Fifth Element: The Hero’s Journey!

(Note: Captions are not real quotes from the movie. Spoilers ahead.)

[Ordinary World]

Korben receives a phone call from his friend Finger. The conversation reveals that Korben was a high-ranking military officer and calls his cat “Sweetie” because “at least the cat comes back:” Korben looks at his old wedding photo, suggesting that his wife left him.

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What is The Hero’s Journey?

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According to writer Joseph Campbell, all stories are essentially the same.

Every story is told in specific stages– the collection of which he refers to as The Hero’s Journey (aka “the monomyth.”) Campbell applied his theory to mythology in his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, but we see it all the time in films and novels.

While writers employ other plot structures, like the 3 Acts, the Hero’s Journey is a bit more controversial. After all, how detailed can a plot structure get before we consider it a formula– and if it truly is the heart of the best stories already told, should aspiring writers avoid or embrace it?

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Constantine: The Hero’s Journey (Finale)

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(Reminder: Captions are not real quotes from the movie. Spoilers ahead.)

Last we left off, our hero paved “The Road of Trials.”

[Atonement with the Father]

After flying through every wall in Los Angeles, Angela lands in a swimming pool. She emerges to see a Mexican guy and shoots him in the chest. Thank god he was possessed by the devil, otherwise that would have been really awkward.

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