The Idol: Aldo Grasso’s review of the TV series with Lily-Rose Depp

Type: dramatic
Director: Reza Fahim, Sam Levinson, The Weeknd. With Lily-Rose Depp, The Weeknd, Susanna Son, Troye Sivan, Jane Adams, Moses Sumney, Jennie Kim, Rachel Sennott, Hari Nef. On Sky

In Cannes the “scandal” The Idol, Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd parade

Exaggerated, yet very current; coarse to the point of appearing vulgar, but capable of capturing the spirit of damned existences fed to social networks. The Idol it is probably not among the best products produced by Hbo in many years, but it has the advantage of keeping the spotlight on the excesses of the generational star system.

Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of art), pop star in the throes of a depressive crisis after the disappearance of her mother, tries to relaunch itself through a photo shoot; right then a compromising photo of him begins to circulate on social media and what unfolds is a continuous rebound of accusations, requests for censorship, intuitions to make his name even more viral.

Jocelyn will then embark on a relationship with Tedros (Abel Tesfaye, alias The Weeknd), an obscure record producer at the head of a secret sect. By mixing genres and plots, the series ends up looking hardly believable.

Lily-Rose Depp and Suzanna Son in “The idol”.

Among the points of interest, the relationship with the media and social networks; the “nudity consultant” who complains about the excess of nude photos and the staff who seek to exploit Jocelyn’s compromising images to their advantage represent the blanket of sanctimonious contradiction that often surrounds the entertainment world.

For those looking for an unpretentious story that is deliberately excessive in terms of tone and situations.