Always acid and sarcastic, Amy Schumer built his comedy career from an irreverent style, uncomfortable humor and even self-deprecating at times. And after a decade marked by stand-ups, talk shows, a few comedies here and there and comedic sketches, she returns from her independent film experience ready for a project that is perhaps exactly the one that will honor her versatility: Life & Beth.
Marked by her hilarious sketches and even the fun (but very long) Decompensated, Schumer drastically changed the course of her career with The humansdrama by acclaimed producer A24released on Toronto Festival 2021. There, with a more drooping expression, low speech and dilemmas in her love relationship, she disarms herself from humor in a dense plot that analyzes a family crisis in the midst of Thanksgiving dinner. Until then we wouldn’t know, but maybe the long Stephen Karam was already introducing us to Amy 2.0 of Life & Beth: a mature woman willing to turn her comedy into a dramatic tool.
In the new original series of Star+ (released by Hulu us United States), Schumer lives the homonymous protagonist, an apathetic employee of a wine dealership, not very expressive and emotionally fatigued. After a family tragedy, the crisis of 40 years will make him redefine the course of his life in the midst of a beginning of depression, new discoveries and a reality far from the big city. And boldly, Schumer makes Life & Beth your project more personal and different. Exploring a much more emotional layer in herself, she moves out of the zone of defensive and acid humor towards dark humor, delivering a dramedy that is absolutely hers.
Written and also produced by her, Life & Beth brings the comedian expanding her talents and taking over the direction of her first episode, presenting us with a plot that doesn’t deliver, but instigates us a lot. And while its beginning leaves audiences in the dark, there’s a glow to the story that makes us want to come back in the coming weeks. It’s still unclear where Beth’s life will take us in her next chapters, but Amy Schumer has good enough credentials to ensure that – at the very least – this is an intriguing and curious journey of self-discovery and growth.