After Life – Review

Genre Comedy
Created by Ricky Gervais
Starring Ricky Gervais, Penelope Wilton, David Bradley, Ashley Jensen, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Godliman, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, Diane Morgan
Released on March 8th 2019
Duration 25–31 minutes
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 6
Flixxpanda Rating 7.5/10
Channel Netflix

After Life is one of the newest shows on Netflix and it’s actually quite good. After getting a boat load of crappy shows on the streaming platform, we’re getting something that’s actually not half bad.

After Life stars Ricky Gervais as Tony. We haven’t seen a lot of Ricky Gervais in recent films or series. So I suppose he’s making a comeback in this one. Tony’s character is somewhat conflicting. You see, the man lost his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) a few months ago and hasn’t been the same ever since.

After Life opening shot is of her telling him what he needs to know to survive after she’s gone. They seem to be the perfect pair. One of the most important things she told him was ‘don’t spiral’ – clearly that’s exactly what he’s been doing. The man’s house looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in ages and its glaringly obvious he hasn’t been grocery shopping in ages. He’s gulping curry straight out of a can! His dog looks miserable and so does he.

Tony doesn’t care about anything or anyone anymore. He’s at rock bottom. In a funny yet dark clip he tells his boss that he can do whatever he wants, say whatever he wants and after it all, he can just go kill himself if he wishes. He then says “it’s like a superpower”. His boss responds with “that’s the worst superhero I’ve ever heard of”. When confronted by some kids who attempt to mug him by asking for his money, he just says that he’s tired of doing things that he doesn’t want to. He’s got a choice now. There are these kinds of moments where you see throughout the series how depressed he actually is.

He seems to be a real piece of work most of the time. He’s rude to literally everyone. Tony is sharp tongue-d and always ready to deliver some sort of nasty remark to anyone who interferes. Watching him was insufferable at times.

Thing is, Tony was actually a really nice person before his wife died. It seems as though he’s adopted a completely new persona to deal with the terrible situation, one designed to keep anyone who wants to help far away. He stops people in their tracks before they can even get to know or help him.

After Life features a lot of dark humor and jokes that I kind of felt bad for laughing at. But if cynical yet witty comedy is something you might enjoy (I did), this should be right up your alley.

Video Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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