Paramount Series Review on “The Offer” (2022)

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I just happened to come across this in my library database while searching for everything they had that was made in 2022.  Honestly, I didn’t look too closely at the cover and thought it was a documentary on the making of one of the best films ever made, based on the excellent best-selling novel of the same name, “The Godfather.”  Before getting into the details of the series, I’d like to tell you my personal connection to the book and the film.  You’ve heard me talk about being a voracious reader as a kid and getting books via my best friend whose dad was also a voracious reader of pulp fiction.  I also belonged to a book club at school and also in a mailer book club, where 2 books would be shipped by default if you didn’t send the little card back saying no or choosing other volumes to send.  I don’t remember if Mario Puzo’s book was one sent because I didn’t send the postcard back or I chose it, but it was such an excellent read that enthralled me.  I remember being about 15 years old when they made the movie  — not old enough to go see it by myself with its “R” rating.  I was able to talk my mom into taking my friend and I to it by blatant lying, saying all of my school friends’ parents had taken them to see it.  Try to imagine the emotional impact some of those scenes would have on a 15 year-old.  This movie also started a lengthy obsession with Al Pacino movies (that woefully ended when he got plastic surgery.)

Watching, “The Offer” was like bringing the film back to me with all of its thrills — but so much more.  Learning how extraordinarily challenging it was every step of the way to get it made, and learning all of the insider bits and pieces, makes this mini-series a MUST SEE for any serious fan of the book or the film.

The plot’s main character is Al Ruddy, played by Miles Teller, the man who produced the movie.  Both Al and Miles are also executive producers of the series. I’ve seen Miles in a few movies and have liked him but didn’t think he was all that.  This role was made for him!  He’s jumped the star meter with it.

The rest of the cast are absolutely phenomenal in inhabiting the real life people who gave their all to make “The Godfather” happen.

What gives the series its extra hum is how the real life Mafia’s story intertwines with just about every aspect of the book and making of the movie.

Sets, music, costumes, editing, pacing, and everything else click into place for it.  Looking at the special features on the disk, “Easter eggs” are mentioned by several and defined as embedded homages that fans of the show will be delighted in finding.

Have I convinced you yet to see, “The Offer”?

Rating:  10/10

12 Comments Add yours

  1. I absolutely need to see this!! I don’t have Paramount+ and hope it will be available on DVD sometime. A buddy of mine said it was great too. I just don’t have the $$ to get another streaming service

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Check your library, Keith. I borrowed it from mine. More and more they also have free streaming services like Hoopla available through the library. Good luck on finding it, well worth the effort.

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  2. This does sound intriguing. I watched the trailer for the TV series and another short clip on YouTube. I thought the actor who portrayed Marlon Brando did a great job.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you checked out the trailer and clip. Everyone in this series shines.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this one. The offer is now on my list for the next time I’m in the mood for a great biography/drama experience. Also, I like Matthew Goode.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome, and Goode rocks in this one, perhaps his best role to date.

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  4. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, it sounds very interesting. I remember reading that Mr. Puzo was just not making money as a writer and wrote The Godfather in desperation ’cause he had bills to pay and his wife, etc., etc. Sex and violence was the advice he was given (I forget by whom) and, boy, did he deliver!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Stacey, they cover that part of Mr. Puzo’s life in the first episode. It’s so danged good, please see it if you can and let me know what you think.

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  5. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Wow I would really like to see this. I’m a huge fan of the first two movies…I can watch the 3rd but to me it doesn’t stand up to the first two. This sounds great

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It kicks butt! Hope you get a chance to see it at some point. It’s been so many years since seeing any of them, but now I want to watch them again.

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