Defending Your Life


This very good comedy is about life after death. Daniel Miller is a regular guy. He’s not perfect. He lives his life without much excitement. That’s until the day he drives into a bus and, like, dies. He’s transported to some sort of transition place between Heaven and Earth: Judgment City. The place looks like an American city: hotels, restaurants and buses are seen everywhere. Miller has to go in court to prove he deserves to go to Heaven. Meanwhile, he will also meet the woman of his dreams, Julia. This film is extremely interesting. It’s bitter yet warm-hearted, funny yet intelligent. The screenplay is original and full of ideas. The dialogue, the situations and the characters are very well written. The movie was directed by its main actor, Albert Brooks. Brooks’ direction is very interesting. All the scenes are entertaining and the visual style is inventive.

Brooks is also an excellent actor. He’s convincing in a natural way, and he’s funny. Julia is played by the great Meryl Streep. She’s charming and very talented. Altogether, this is a surprisingly good film. It doesn’t have guns, FX, explosion or huge stars, but it has something else. It’s a feel good movie. It isn’t a cheesy kid film with a silly happy end, that’s not what I mean. It just gives us a satisfying idea of what life’s really about, while remaining a smart comedy with an edge. I saw this film 3 or 4 times, and I had a great time every time.