Are you looking for a worthwhile binge watch that deals with deeper subject matter? Then you might enjoy “After Life”.
Formerly, I’ve not been a Ricky Gervais fan. I mean, he seems like a nice enough man, but I don’t share his sense of humour. Because of this I never sought out any television shows or movies that he had a hand in. In fact, I usually avoided works associated with him.
I didn’t know when I began watching After Life on Netflix that Ricky Gervais both wrote and directed this one-season (so far) television series. If I’d known that it was Gervais’ concept, I might have not clicked the title. There are so many shows vying for our attention on Netflix that one small thing can turn us off a production. Because of my narrow view of Ricky Gervais, I might have missed out on this touching, funny, six-episode drama. So thank goodness I didn’t know “After Life” was his idea.
If you know me, you know that I’m interested in ideas about death and in particular, how we deal with mortality in ourselves and in the ones we love. Life is sweeter because we know we will die and that the people we walk with will meet the same fate. I am a fan of art that takes a good, hard look at our perception and our experience of death.
In “After Life” Gervais expertly portrays one man’s reaction to his wife of 25 years dying from cancer. No, it’s not true of everyone’s experience. This is clearly one character’s response to losing the person he most dearly cherished. This series covers a lot of ground in a limited number of episodes. The language is rough and the humour is dark, so if you’re uncomfortable with either of these things, you might choose not to watch the Netflix trailer for “After Life” I’ve posted below.
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