Saturday, December 24, 2016

Now on Netflix: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016)

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016) - Directed by Matt D'Avella.

By Kenny Howell

The title Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is a bit misleading because this isn't too much of a documentary.

It is a self-help infomercial/book promotional masquerading as a documentary. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have exploded in the last few years because they have a book, podcast and speaking tour letting people know how they can reduce all the clutter in their lives, the need to have material things, and hopefully lead to a more stress free lives. Both of them had high paying jobs, and they gave it up to live with less. Then I am assuming got a bunch of money back through book sales, speaking engagements, etc.

I think their heart is in the right place, though they can get quite a bit self-promotional. They seem like they are selling themselves a lot of time instead of their lifestyle, and have a flair for the dramatic. There are scenes in Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things where they are reading passages from their book while in the desert against a big blue sky. For what reason other than it looks cool, somewhat like a music video, I don't know.

What they are talking about is not really anything anything new. The phrase "money doesn't buy happiness" has been around forever. So this whole feeling that this is a revolution is a bit much. They have talking heads with people like author Sam Harris or ABC News anchor Dan Harris who has turned to meditation after battling panic attacks. That seems to be the attempt to make this a documentary about something more, but it is only occasional and seems a bit hodge podge.

However, like I said, they mean well, and it is hard to knock them too much. Some people will get something from watching this. Don't just expect it to be a documentary.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **

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