After Life Review

Naimuz Saadat Niloy

There are some things in this world that hardly go wrong. People have different lists of those things depending on their perspectives but for TV lovers British shows almost always make the list. And add Ricky Gervais to that, you get something like ‘After Life,’ a show which has its own philosophy, its own sense of meaning to life. Ricky Gervais took on the roles of director, writer, and the protagonist of this show. 

The show revolves around local newspaper journalist Tony (Ricky Gervais). He lost his wife to cancer and there are only two things left in the world that are keeping him alive- his Dad and his dog. The story progresses forward with Tony having to find emotional sustenance. Tony is portrayed as a grieving man, suicidal trying to find the meaning of life with the help of his colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. Don’t get me wrong, the show is funny, it has a dark comic vibe but nonetheless a beautiful show. The simplistic marvelous nature of the show is quite riveting. In the show Tony is quite a grinch or he became a grinch given the circumstances but he means well, he tries to do good by the people around him, tries to have some beautiful moments with his father, walks the dog and to his surprise made a friend who also happened to lost her spouse. The conversations between Tony and his new friend are something to cherish. After the curtains have been drawn over season 2 of the show, fans all over the world have been overwhelmed by the beautiful, impulsive take on ordinary life. 

Ricky Gervais has written some beautiful and extraordinary words which portray happiness, the meaning of life, and the privilege of having memories. The show will make you laugh, maybe put a tear or two in your eyes but most importantly it will teach you things, meaningful things that have a weight that can’t be measured, that have a comforting warmth and you will finally realize why to live and why “Happiness is amazing. It’s so amazing it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not.”

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