A film about the popular Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, from childhood to adulthood, and his life in Gaza until he won the Arab idol.
Award-winning director Hany Abu-Assad’s leap to Hollywood last year with The Mountain Between Us was forecast by the success of The Idol, a charming and thoroughly engrossing biopic of the Palestinian singer who won “Arab Idol.” We hope more diverse voices can be given new opportunities.
(3.5 stars) Well shot and nicely made biopic about a kid with a golden voice who goes on to compete on "Arab Idol." It's a VERY solid film with good acting and great direction. It all just... works.
It's enjoyable and moves a good clip as well. A pretty typical formula for this type of genre film, but it serves the story pretty well. Good stuff.