HBO’s The Idol had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday…and reactions are about what you’d expect.
HBO’s The Idol, which was co-created by Euphoria‘s Sam Levinson, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, with the famed fest screening the first two episodes. And while it did receive a five-minute standing ovation, that reception is far from unanimous.
The idol received much attention for its production and content issues, including delays. A mixture of criticism and praise was directed at Levinson, who was apparently trying to top the sexual content that helped make Euphoria such a success. According to multiple people who worked for The Idol the series “went from satire” to the thing it satirized” then turned into “more of a degrading romance story with a hollow Message.”
The Idol official plot: After a nervous breakdown derailed Jocelyn (Lily Rose Depp)’ Tedros, a nightclub owner with a dark past (Abel “The Weeknd”), reignites her passions. Will her romantic awakening lead her to new heights, or to the darkest and deepest depths of the soul? “
The idol will be joining works such as David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The return or Top Of The Lake: China Girl which was co-created with former Palme d’Or award winner Jane Campion. While The Idol is ineligible for the much-coveted prizes since it has screened out of competition, it will certainly still see a loyal following next month, especially to those looking to get more of the subject matter that Levinson has become renowned for.Following the Cannes screening of the first two episodes of The Idol
– which will air on June 4th and June 11th respectively – Levinson told the crowd, “I am incredibly proud of this show, and I’m proud of the way we made this show…I feel like I gained a family .. I know it sounds a bit cultish, but that’s how I feel.” Are you planning to watch the show? Let us know!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIvb1skN5BE