Doctor When - I hear you, and in a multitude of ways.
Mike_Droideka - In terms of your concerns with this film being inspired by classical mythologies from all around the world, in its declared attempts to "turn everything Star Wars upside down," The Last Jedi has also simultaneously done the same to The Hero's Journey. That's my take on it, anyway. Here's my reasoning for my opinion...
For but one example, let's look at Rey, and compare her to Luke.
Without ANY training, she is far more powerful and skilled than Luke ever was in his youth. All around the world, every culture's heroes face strenuous trials to attain much needed knowledge and growth. What did Rey do in the approximate 3-5 days since she discovered her powers in The Force Awakens (I can't give a precise figure on this, but by the time she's expelled by Luke it can't be more than 5 days since her massive powers awoke in her)?
Rey's trials were ZILCH.
NOTHING at all.
She DID do something...!
...She sat on a big rock and had Luke snap a blade of grass on her hand.
...She wielded the Skywalker laser sword to slice a huge thousands-of-years-old training rock in two - a feat never achieved before. And she received no actual laser sword training from Luke.
...She entered a dark hole to look over her shoulder and snap her fingers. A lot. She probably got a small blister from her strenuous snapping efforts.
...She then assaulted her "Master" by smashing him in the head from behind, and with a few swipes felled a warrior who was ACTUALLY TRAINED by two grand master swordsmen, Obi-Wan and Yoda, and who also had decades' worth of practice and experience under his belt.
That's *it.* Those are the "trials" that Rey had to "endure" to advance her already-goddess-powers up not even a noticeable notch.
Yeah, I think it's pretty safe to say that she definitely breaks The Hero's Journey into a million bits. Thank you Johnson, Kennedy, Abrams, and Hidalgo! That's a great role model for this and the coming generations: a person who is just entitled to pure power at awesome levels and doesn't have to sacrifice and work hard at it at all.
Let's look at Luke's journey in comparison...
He finally inherits a magical weapon handcrafted by his slain father, a great warrior by any measure. This weapon is SPECIAL, and is TAILORED to HIM by its very nature.
He worriedly allows his face to be covered to confront a drone that fires painful bolts at him, totally having to take a massive Leap of Faith to block them while blinded.
Watches his mentor duel the second most powerful and evil man in the galaxy, and then see him deliberately sacrifice his life for their escape. That doesn't sound all that original anymore now that The Last Jedi did it better, now does it?
Makes a miraculous shot having to take The Ultimate Leap of Faith in abandoning the crippling aspects of technology so that The Heart is The Great Achiever.
Literally disarms a hungry beast in a cave, to flee its abode, and then suffer a vision to compel him to train under a new master.
Is tested in humorous ways by the then trickster-Yoda.
But then has his back broken in brutally hard training of all kinds.
Enters a buried Sith shrine, and confronts a vision of his deepest and darkest fear, being given a major warning that Nietzsche would've approved of, and is well worth pondering to this day, "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Is given numerous warnings, ignores them out of love, suffers a grievous wound and receives a psyche-shattering revelation of his Leviathan's actual identity.
Instantly refuses to kill his sociopath-butcher and mass-enslaving father, even though Yoda and Obi-Wan put enormous pressure on him to do so.
Literally enters the Lion's Den alone to face the two most evil and powerful men the galaxy has ever known, to save his father's soul, in the process turning over his weapon to proceed with the Hero's Fate.
He defeats his father both physically and emotionally. The latter form of "defeat" compels his father to sacrifice his own life to redeem himself by saving his beloved son from the most evil and powerful Dark Side psychopath the galaxy has ever known. Through his father, Luke destroys The Greatest Evil that has ever plagued the galaxy.
There's more, of course, but the evidence speaks clearly for itself. Luke SUFFERED ENORMOUSLY to achieve a seemingly impossible feat. He EARNED it while MAINTAINING HONOR, while Rey...
What did Rey do, exactly?
NOTHING. Actually, I'm being too hard on her. She did enter a dark hole, look over her shoulder and snap her fingers.
Now THAT's how GREAT character development is supposed to be. I'm happy that Lucas and The Hero's Journey got soundly schooled by Johnson, Kennedy, Abrams and Hidalgo. Bravo team!
The evidence is overwhelming: they've given us The Ultimate Hero of Pure Entitlement.
What an outstanding role model that our world needs now, more than ever.
To HELL with thousands of years' worth of human wisdom. What do THEY know anyway?
Disney knows better, and they're going way out of their way to ensure that The Correct Path is forced down our throats.