Movie Review: The Hoax

The Hoax starts Richard Gere as Clifford Irving, a man with a plan. Along with his friend Dick, he decides to write a book about a reclusive billionaire, pretending to the publishing company that his book is the man’s official autobiography. He believes it to be a foolproof plan – the billionaire, Howard Hughes, doesn’t speak to anyone and can’t take him to court because of a huge case he’ll be involved in if he goes near a courtroom.

And so Irving sets out to write his book, and the story begins to unfold. And this is where it’s a bit unusual. You know how normally, when you’re watching a film, you might start out quite disliking a character, but by the end you want them to succeed, even if they’re technically a ‘bad guy’? This film went the other way. When it started, I thought it was a pretty cool, if quite amusing, plan; and I wanted to see him pull it off. As it went on, however, Irving was presented as such a general twallop that I didn’t want him to succeed. And this reminded me rather a lot of life; when you meet someone and decide to give them the benefit of the doubt, then later realise that actually you probably should have judged them more harshly in the first place.

Anyway, it was quite an interesting film and I certainly don’t regret watching it, although towards the end it became quite confusing trying to work out what exactly was going on. If you’re a fan of Gere’s, watch it. In fact, if you’re just looking for something that’s quite easily watchable, go for it. 

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