What movie Locke taught me about the simple things

Watching Locke was a refreshing experience for me. I am not a sophisticated film critic, but I have never failed my self watching a movie with a bad review twice. This post also begins with a bit of a spoiler alert.

We are so hungry for action. So hungry for more information that we feel trapped watching one man dealing with his average Joe’s problems while commuting. When you strip all the action from a movie, you are left with a story. This is what happened in Locke and the story was the only thing left to consume. With that much consummation sensibility it made Ivan’s story felt like the first couple of minutes of Saving private Ryan.

There is a lot of talk about the simple things. Simple things make us happy. Simple design is more useful. Simple sentences are more clear. When we consume less information it brings more value to us.

So, next time you need to solve a big problem break it half. From those two problems take the most crucial one and break that one too. Don’t stop breaking them until you see your problem in all its clearness. Solve that problem and you solved your big problem.