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After Life (2019) Review

Updated on March 13, 2019
Actor
Character
Ricky Gervais
Tony
Tony Way
Lenny
Tom Basden
Matt
Ashley Jenson
Nurse
David Bradley
Tony's Dad
Paul Kaye
Psychiatrist
Diane Morgan
Kath
Joe Wilkonson
Postman
Penelope Wilton
Anne

About the series

Released: 2019

Producer: Charlie Hanson

Director: Ricky Gervais

Distributed by: Netflix

Genre: Dark Comedy


About the series

Series 1 of After Life is a 6 part series that is streaming on Netflix. Starring Rickie Gervais, he plays a man called Tony who has recently lost his wife to cancer. He works as a writer for the local newspaper, and since the death of his wife, is struggling to come to terms with her death. He often contemplates suicide and often tells people. The people closest to him try to help him the best way they can, but Tony is finding it difficult to accept help. When asked why he didn't go through with suicide, he replies the dog needed feeding and walking.

At the start of the series we see how his wife has recorded a video for Tony to watch. This is mainly advice from her on what he should be doing with his life, both practically and on a personal level. She tells him little things like setting the alarm, where the dog likes being walked etc, and all these little things in life which she thinks he should know. We see clips of this video throughout the series.

Since her death, Tony has put on a front, as it were, and doesn't let people help him. His whole persona seems to change. He doesn't seem to care what he does, what he says or who he hurts. Whilst at work he tells people what he thinks and doesn't care how they feel in the process. On a personal level, his father is in a retirement home and visits him each day. He gets talking to the Nurse who cares for him. Their friendship is difficult in the beginning as he talks to her the same way he does his work colleagues. She doesn't mince her words and tells him in no uncertain terms she thinks how he is acting is wrong.

The series basically takes us through how Tony deals with the loss of his beloved wife and how he copes with it. I think Anne is quite an important character in the series. Anne's husband has passed away and she visits his grave. Tony's wife's grave is close to Anne's husbands, so they often get chatting while they are sitting on the bench. These two people that seem so different and worlds apart strike up a friendship and she is a listening ear for him, and also giving him much needed advice.

My thoughts

To be honest, I was in two minds of watching this. I have never been too keen on Ricky Gervais or his style of comedy. But I had seen previews of this show on TV before it was released on Netflix, and it looked interesting. I'm glad I watched it though. I have seen Ricky in a whole new light in this show. This is classed as a dark comedy and yes, there are some bits that made me laugh. Especially the scenes he has with the school bully. His dry sense of humour really comes through. The parts where he has to go and interview people in their own homes for the newspaper are comical. He doesn't hold back in saying what he really thinks - this also applies to people he works with. But there are also some heart warming scenes, especially when he's lying on the bed watching the video his wife has made for him. You can tell he loves his dog too and takes good care of him.

At the end of the day, the subject of death and losing a loved one is always going to be difficult to talk about, never mind making a programme about it. But I think this really highlights how people really feel and cope with death. I know from personal experience what it's like to lose a partner. After the death of my husband in 2014 I can relate to the feelings he had. Tony does, however, see light at the end of the tunnel. I found the ending to this really heart warming and nice. If you subscribe to Netflix, then I would highly recommend this series. I really enjoyed it.

© 2019 Louise Powles

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    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      13 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Tim - thankyou very much for the lovely comment. =)

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      13 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hello, Louise,

      Ricky Gervais tends to have a blue collar approach to humor. He is funny in the British shows I've watched, but you are right: it's not really my favorite style of humor either. However, since I'm a fan pof British "dry" humor, I will give this series a try based on your article. You described the series well.

      Thank you for being honest and open about your assessment of the series. Your personal insights mean a lot.

      Respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      14 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my dear, Louise! I was in two minds of watching this too, and you gave me the push I needed! I always admire your work!

      Grateful for your luminous Heart!

      Sean

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      I’m definitely going to watch this one. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      14 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou Penny. I thought it was really interesting. Thankyo for the lovely comment. =)

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      Penny Leigh Sebring 

      14 months ago from Fort Collins

      I had been considering watching this one but was uncertain. I think perhaps I will give it a try in the next few days! Thank you for the review.

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