Tuesday, May 10, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Offer

The Offer: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Right Shade of Yellow” (B+)

Knowing what I do about this era in terms of the films that made it big, “Love Story” is an important release and one that predated “The Godfather” by two years, which means there’s still plenty of time for this project to get off the ground as Ali has to deal with Bob ignoring her to take phone calls from Jack Nicholson. Ruddy continues to get Bob upset by going around him to have Bluhdorn greenlight casting decisions he doesn’t agree with, and Marlon Brando, played entertainingly by an unrecognizable Justin Chambers from “Grey’s Anatomy,” is absolutely going to be difficult even if he’ll be key to the success of the movie. Ultimately, Bob does support Ruddy, and even managed to stave off Jack from becoming a supervising producer who might not have let him do much of what he wanted to in pursuit of Francis’ true vision. It’s probably for the best that Ruddy and Françoise had an important conversation about the boundaries in their work, even if that didn’t go particularly well and is sure to lead to more drama down the road should she return from Paris at some point soon. Crazy Joe does seem ready to cause problems for Joe, which in turn will be a problem for the movie, bringing the mafia into this moviemaking process in a way that will most definitely feel too real and likely make those who were already skittish about waking up to dead fish more worried about whether this whole thing is worth it.

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