The Minimalists: Less Is Now (2021): 5 out of 10: I am a fan of the message more than the messenger. Is it possible to have a bloated documentary about Minimalism?
The Good: I love minimalism. I have an entire bookcase filled with books about minimalism. I am certainly the target audience.
The Bad: Have you seen 2015’s Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things? It is on Netflix right next to this one. Same director (Matt D’Avella) and some of the same talking heads. Has anything changed since 2015? Apparently not.
In theory, I have no problem watching a show or movie that covers the same ground as a previous show. I have watched every episode of Hoarders for example and Is it Cake? seems to have the same basic outcome each episode as well. For some reason, even though six years separate them, this one kind of bothered me. It really is the same guys telling the exact same story, bringing nothing new to the table.
The Ugly: You know there is a pandemic right? I mean, this documentary was obviously filmed during the pandemic. I wonder how the pandemic, the resulting supply chain issues and other issues affected people in the minimalistic lifestyle? That is just sitting there as an interesting and topical point of discussion. Something fresh that clearly was not covered in your 2015 documentary.
In Conclusion: Well this is a short review. Somehow that seems on point for a documentary about minimalism. The video below called Toast on how to make a Netflix documentary about anything (or nothing) was definitely studied by these filmmakers. The Minimalists: Less Is Now is by the book with no new information.