Either can be as complicated or as simple as one would want to make it.
It is no more "complicated" or "difficult" to pop a film in, let it wind it to frame 1, point, shoot, shoot, shoot.... (repeat 36 times), let it rewind it, pop it out, take it to a lab, wait 1 hour, and pay for it to pick it up.
Or, one can spend hours on computer screen or in a darkroom to get the best out of images. "Film photography", or just "photography" as we called it were embraced by masses. Anything is "complicated" and "difficult" when one takes it to art form or to enthusiast level.
Yes, it is far easier to do a "head swap" on digital than film but how often do you do THAT?