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Plot: Deni Maroon, a musician and dock worker is determined to pull off a music festival against the interests of the local factory owner.
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Guava Island musically enraptures its tropical aesthetic through severe self-indulgence. Donald Glover’s rhythmically-inclined alter-ego, Childish Gambino, is an inspirational talent. A rare find that cements the credibility of the current generation’s ability to produce harmonious tunes with a political trajectory. His “Awaken, My Love!” studio album infused psychedelic funk with soul and hip-hop, while his latest singles “This Is America” and “Summertime Magic” provide insight into his meticulous thought process. He is an artist through and through. So it comes to much astonishment that Guava Island, a miniature film that was clearly targeted at fans of his discography, was unable to find its footing amidst the soothing tropical breeze. A local musician/celebrity attempts to hold a music festival for the oppressed town of Guava Island, albeit ignoring the threatened warnings from the local dictatorial business magnate.
It commenced with an animated folk tale, narrated by the stunningly beautiful Rihanna (“Te Amo”!), describing the origins and current state of Guava Island. Considering the runtime, totalling just under an hour, this method of expressionistic exposition was required to construct the foundations of the basic narrative. Delightful, if somewhat mundane. Murai, in his directorial debut, then proceeds to the live-action bulk with a stylised 4:3 ratio filter equipped with grainy visuals for authenticity. Considering the economic and structural climate of Guava Island, it was immersive and enhanced the world Rihanna lovingly described to us.
Glover goes about his day, carrying his wooden guitar, singing and reinterpreting his latest singles. The infamously abnormal dance moves proceeded with “This Is America” in the middle of a factory. Then it hit me. Guava Island is essentially a “musical” to coincide and/or boost the promotional material of Gambino’s songs. Disagree? Well, he then proceeds to serenade Rihanna with “Summertime Magic” before winning my heart over with “Feels Like Summer”.
A fundamental question then dawned on me. Can the artistic integrity of music be translated effectively to a narrative feature? Perhaps, but Guava Island is not a good example of that. The musical spirit of the island’s residents being suppressed by a totalitarian state is nothing new and, unfortunately, conveyed obviously. The relationship between capitalism and the affected individuals of its grotesque aftermath failed to empower. This is due to Glover’s self-indulgence blurring the clarity of the story. Rihanna’s Kofi and her relationship with Deni is almost non-existent, despite the ‘Romeo & Juliet’ introduction. These characters are so focussed on portraying eccentricity, that the dynamics between them fell flat. Glover’s frequent collaborator and older brother was unable to balance all aspects in such a condensed time constraint within his screenplay. It’s so “to the point” that it loses that flavoursome flair that makes Gambino the artist he is.
That’s not to say the music isn’t catchy and Uzowuru’s rhythmic score won’t make you sway, as the musical aspect will have the biggest effect. The acting is serviceable, even if Glover can’t escape his exaggerated TV tendencies, and Sprenger’s cinematography is sublime. Unfortunately though, Murai’s inability to balance the film and rein in Glover’s overpowering talent taints Guava Island to be a drinkable albeit sour beverage.
Charming and poignant, this small, musical tale exudes Donald Glover’s artistic integrity.
Interesting experiment that works better as an hour long music video rather than a film
TL;DR – A pretty average movie with decent writing, a paper thin plot, and underdeveloped (but well acted) characters. However it is a fun movie to watch and you will enjoy yourself for the short 55 minute run time (probably more if you are a Childish Gambino fan like myself)
Plot – My biggest complaint with the movie as a whole. The plot in the movie is virtually non existent and just serves as a framework for events in the movie to happen the way they do. It boils down to Deni Maroon (Donald Glover) wants to throw a performance and the boss of the island (Nonso Anozie) doesn’t want there to be one cause he doesn’t want the people to miss a day of work. There feels like there is no conflict or any tension (which was probably what was intended) in the plot until around ¾ of the way into the movie where the movie takes a sizable risk that really does nothing in the grand scheme of the movie as it comes too late for it to have any repercussions on the plot. Overall the plot was pretty non existent and is the worst element of the film
Characters – All well acted and everyone looks like they’re having a good time which translates into the actors having good chemistry with one another. All of them, excluding Donald Glover’s character, are all painfully underdeveloped and it’s hard to care for any of them other than Deni Maroon (Donald Glover). The main antagonist (Nonso Anozie) also has no real motivation against Deni and his reasoning is just plain stupid and irrational which makes his character pretty laughable. Kofi Novia (Rihanna) is the love interest of Deni and gets the most character development outside of Deni and although she is a large part of the story, she doesn’t really do anything outside of being a plot device (and she barely is that). If anything I would have loved to see Deni and Kofi’s relationship developed over more than 3 scenes in the movie. Deni Maroon (Donald Glover) gets all the development and is definitely a likeable protagonist, not much more to say about him. Yara Love (Letitia Wright) is Kofi’s co-worker and serves no function in the story, best I can say about her is that Letitia looks like she’s having a blast playing her in this movie.
Music – Well implemented and mixed well. Whether you like the songs in the movie comes down to personal taste (they’re all part of Childish Gambino / Donald Glover’s catalog of music, I won’t spoil which ones). The instrumental in the background of some scenes however is great and fits the setting and tone of the movie perfectly; the best element of the movie in my opinion
Cinematography – Not much to say here, it’s serviceable. However the film is presented with a weird aspect ratio that you may like or dislike
All other elements of the movie like the sound design and editing were all serviceable, nothing terrific but nothing too bad at all worth mentioning
Overall the movie works better in my opinion as an hour long music video, rather than a film as the plot and characters were either done poorly or were painfully average to the point where the music elements of the film were the shining components and show what this movie could have been with better film elements. With that being said it is most certainly a fun watch when you have an hour to kill. (5/ 10)
Guava Island could have been a lavish vanity project. Instead it’s a little movie with a big heart. Full of musicality, beautiful locations, cinematography and people. Charming performances and a message to boot. It’s also old school in the best possible way. Don’t miss it! 8/10
Original Language en
Runtime 55 min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Thriller
Director Hiro Murai
Writer Donald Glover (story by), Stephen Glover (story by), Ibra Ake (story by), Jamal Olori (story by), Fam Udeorji (story by), Stephen Glover (screenplay by)
Actors Donald Glover, Rihanna, Letitia Wright, Nonso Anozie
Awards 7 nominations.
Production Company New Regency Pictures
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1, 4:3
Camera Arri Alexa LF
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex ARRIRAW (4.5K)
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (4.5K) (Source Format), Digital Intermediate (4K) (Master Format)
Printed Film Format N/A