BLACKPINK Jennie’s debut drama “The Idol”: Reviews call it a “sordid male fantasy”?

Audiences who watched the premiere of HBO’s “The Idol”, which features BLACKPINK Jennie, have given their reviews. 

At 10:30 PM on May 22nd (local time), the world premiere screening of the HBO series “The Idol” was held at the Lumière Grand Theatre in Cannes, Southern France, as part of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. 


Starring Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp, “The Idol” takes place in Los Angeles, and tells the story of love and passion among popular pop idols in the entertainment industry. The Weeknd served as the producer and screenwriter, while Sam Levinson, the director of the sensational HBO drama “Euphoria”, participated as a co-producer.

“The Idol” received a lot of attention in Korea and many other nations for being BLACKPINK Jennie’s first work as an actress. In addition to Jennie, stars such as Lily-Rose Depp, Troye Sivan, Debby Ryan, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), Suki Waterhouse, Susan Sarandon, and Steve Zissis appeared, making for a star-studded cast.


Since the partial episodes of “The Idol” were premiered at Cannes, related reviews have been pouring in on social media. “The Idol”, which depicts how real American superstars like Britney Spears have mentally deteriorated, is receiving evaluations that it contains more high-level explicit scenes than expected.

So far, the American media Variety has given its own review of “The Idol”, writing, “The script seems calculated to fool audiences into thinking they’re observing how Hollywood operates, when so much of it amounts to tawdry clichés lifted from Sidney Sheldon novels and softcore porn.”

In addition, it criticized the series as “a sordid male fantasy”.


At the same time, many other viewers have taken to SNS to voice their opinions, most of them deeming “The Idol” to be extremely vulgar and questionable, with some being rendered speechless at certain scenes and dialogues. 

On the other hand, the 76th Cannes International Film Festival is being held from May 16th to May 27th. 

Source: Variety, Nate

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