Details from IMDB:

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

PG | | Documentary | 2016 (USA)
How might your life be better with less?

Director:

Matt D’Avella

Initial Thoughts:
This was a documentary on Netflix I was interested in (I don’t care what anyone says, I love Netflix and I’m a life-time subscriber.)  So I was home with a cold last week and gave it a watch.
Main Points:
Like a lot of people I want more money, it’s a common thing in our costumer society and I supposed we’re programmed to think this way to some extent. I do, however, recognize that money can’t buy happiness and the constant acquisition of more stuff also is no way to live. I think this documentary presents people on a rather extreme side of discussion, people who truly believe that having as little as possible will make you happy. That doesn’t mean, however, that they do raise some good issue and have some good tips on life.
They show people who were caught up in the corporate lifestyle and found that to really take it to the max they had to do things that bothered them a great deal (either directly in there job or indirectly like ignoring family members) or how they just realized that big money meant long hours and ultimately no time to enjoy the things in life.
It shows people in tiny houses, which is a great idea, but not for me. I never want to live in a monstrous house (it’s just the two of us and 2 cats, I don’t need it) but 500 square feet (or less)? I just couldn’t do it. Kudos to the people who can though. I’m way off topic, obviously I enjoyed this documentary. It could have used some better editing and higher production values but it gets the message across and presents some likable and very interesting people.
Final Thoughts:
As they say in the documentary I think the best thing to take away is use your stuff, love the people in your life and don’t buy stuff you don’t use. I agree, I’ll admit there is stuff in my house I don’t use but not a lot of it. I don’t have a huge comic book collection (I read mainly digital) or book collection (mainly audio books). I don’t own a lot of clothes or a crazy amount of electronics. A lot of the popular culture is into buying huge amounts of stuff, I’m not and I intend to stay that way, if other people watch this and do the same, that would be great. I give this a solid 7.5 out of 10 and would certainly recommend it. For a change I would also say show this to their kids, hopefully it will set them on the right path in life (and maybe save them a ton of money and heartache), until next time.