Life (1999) – Movie Review

Life succeeds in two objectives, it makes you laugh till you cry and it makes you care dearly for its main characters. Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence lead a top-notch cast in one of the most criminally underrated movies of the last fifteen years.

Ray Gibson (Eddie Murphy) and Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence) meet one day and instantly don’t see eye to eye. Their rocky relationship gets worse when they get framed for murder and they both end up getting a life sentence in prison. Claude blames Ray for getting him into trouble and both men begin to grow as friends and also grow to hate each other all at once. They try multiple times to escape but with no success. But they never give up and even in old age they seek a way to escape their wrongful imprisonment.

Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence are simply outstanding in Life. Both actors showcase their pitch perfect humour from start to finish. Along with the great humour, they also must pull of some tender and heart warming scenes. Both men have a chemistry that is just a pleasure to watch, especially when they’re both launching bad language at each over and over and it never gets old.

Life is hard to describe, because on one hand it’s a comedy with a light-hearted approach and then in later scenes it’s a beautifully tragic tale about two good men cheated out of a good life. But the film seems brilliant at taking a serious and edgy subject like death, wrongful imprisonment or racism and making it funny, not an easy task. If you havent seen Life, you must watch it this Christmas and that’s an order.

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About Steven Mc Brearty

I like music (anything that rocks and has a nice melody) and movies (I'm a movie nut).
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