Considering the After Life in this life may be a good thing if it helps you be a better person.
Alternative title- ‘After Life’ may flash before your eyes, but its message is lifelong.
Ahh, Ricky Gervais. He isn’t to everybody’s cup of tea; he’s obnoxious, blunt and witty, his stand-up comedy and his earlier comedy exploits demonstrating a mix of comedic subversive realism and dark humour. And that’s exactly how his new Netflix series ‘After Life’ goes, and it’s a beautifully produced British soul mender.
Ricky Gervais plays Tony, a recent widower – he thinks he’s figured life out in being a superhero by not caring if he dies, so he will do and say exactly as he feels, not caring who he upsets or offends along the way, and therefore takes it upon himself to verbally deconstruct anybody who displays idiocy or hint of incompetence that presents itself.
He also has the cutest dog ever.
It’s a 6-episode series and each episode only lasts around 30 minutes, so admittedly I binge watched it in one sitting. I’m old, this is how I spend my Saturday nights now. And its how you spend your nights now too. Don’t lie.
The trailer for the series pushes the humour on us straight away – so my expectations were high, and though I wasn’t laughing every other minute, I found myself just being in awe. But it is f*cking funny! (there is a lot of swearing in this show)
The setting is somewhere nice in England, and it looks like a lovely little village that would be nice to visit and we see familiar faces of David Bradley, Roisin Conatay, Penelope Wilton, Paul Kaye, and the rest of the cast playing exceptional characters in this show and are just so special and quirky, funny, awkward, wise, an arseh*le. We know these people, we are these people, we talk like this, we laugh like this, we have these emotions, we can relate. It’s relatable to anyone British. And possibly anybody who has worked in a small office.
This show demonstrates that sometimes that the misfits you meet in life can become your best friends, but even if not, we should be friendly because none of us really fit, yet as humans, we’re all we’ve got we should be happy, and the beautiful thing about happiness is that “happiness is amazing, it’s so amazing it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not.” In afterlife, Gervais comments on the struggle of dealing with incompetence and mediocrity of life, but never fails to show the importance and consequence of all life. One of many tearjerking philosophies in the show highlights the desperation and seeming nihilism, the feeling that everything is pointless, that we all sometimes struggle with, deals with this in a beautifully complex way. This show might follow some of Gervais’ previous Hollywood endeavours (looking at you, ghost town) when it comes to romance subplots, but After life will renew your appreciation of the mundane, something even the mundane needs.