The Offer Review

The Offer Review
The Offer: Matthew Goode as Robert Evans in The Offer, streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo: Miller Mobley/Paramount+

Today Paramount+ released the hotly-anticipated series The Offer.

When The Offer begins, we meet Al Ruddy (Miles Teller), a computer programmer who has a key interest in Hollywood. Al is quick to leave his job and move onto co-create the much-loved Hogan’s Heroes, but it is movies that are his passion, and he is soon sneaking onto a Paramount Pictures lot to convince studio head Robert Evans (Matthew Goode) to hire him. 

Elsewhere, we meet struggling author Mario Puzo (Patrick Gallo), who’s instructed to write what about what he knows. With hesitation, he writes about the Italian-American Mafia, and history is soon made when he pens The Godfather.

Ruddy is given the opportunity of a lifetime, and with the help of his assistant Bettye McCartt (Juno Temple), sets out to get the bestselling novel onto the big screen.

While we may know how that Ruddy was successful in producing one of the greatest films in cinematic history, The Offer goes through every step of the process, from hiring film director Francis Ford Coppola (Dan Fogler), to dealing with opposition of mafia boss Joe Colombo (Giovanni Ribisi) who protest the film being made.  

It’s a testament to writer Michael Tolkin that The Offer feels like a love letter to film, and the 10-episode series is a joy to sit through, even if it does feel a little long. However, with a new episode rolling out every week, viewers will probably not have this same feeling.

The casting is on fire, with Teller and Temple giving performances alongside a scene-stealing Goode and Justin Chamber as Marlon Brando.

The Offer has a lot to offer cinema lovers as it takes us on the journey of an iconic piece of film history.

3.5 Stars

The first three episodes of The Offer are now available on Paramount+, with new episodes every Friday.


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