The film's title was inspired by the popular maxim "Less is more," popularized by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), who used this aphorism to describe his design aesthetic; his tactic was one of arranging the necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity. The Minimalists have reworked this phrase to create a sense of urgency for today's consumer culture: now is the time for less.
I had been a fan of The Minimalists for years since they launched their first website. I used to be excited for their blog posts and updates but a lot has changed since then. This movie is nothing more than an extended version of their TEDx talk. It is made of scripted phrases that they've kept repeating for years. I know they've got corporate background but life is not a corporation! It all sounds fake. One guy trying to sell us his recipe for success using his mom's death. The other one is simply not convincing with how fake the words sound in his mouth. Pure cringe at times. I'm not saying this as a hater but as a disappointed fan of something that used to be original and helpful. They just turned it into a product and production while mass consumption is what they've said to be fighting with.
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