Feel The Magic In New ‘Guava Island’ Movie – Starring Donald Glover and Rihanna

Donald Glover in Guava Island. Photo courtesy of Amazon Prime.

Over Coachella weekend, Donald Glover released his second feature film titled ‘Guava Island’, directed by Hiro Murai – the long awaited follow up to 2015’s Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, featuring appearances from Chance The Rapper, Trinidad James, and Abella Anderson, with its own round up of A-listers such as Black Panther star Letitia Wright, Game of Thrones star Nonso Anozie, and Rihanna.

The movie takes place on “Guava”, a magical island in the centre of the world. Rihanna’s character Kofi narrates that the trouble and capitalism that mankind has brought to the island displeased the gods and tainted the magic, causing its inhabitants to work in factories to manufacture a magical silk the island is famous for. Donald Glover plays the main character, Deni, who is the island’s most beloved musical artist and love interest of Kofi. 

The film features several of Glover’s recent singles such as This Is America, Summertime Magic, and Feels Like Summer, accompanied by some fresh unheard tunes like Die With You, performed by Donald himself.

Why you should watch it:

1. Rihanna 

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​No explanation needed here… But for real, although she is not quite the main focus of the movie, Caribbean accent, and exceptional acting and aura make Guava Island a must watch movie for the summer. 

2. Purpose

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​Coming not long after the death of Nipsey Hussle, this movie provides some much needed insight on the tragic end to a beloved revolutionary mind; something Glover tries to embody in his role as Deni. Guava Island invites us to find the light hidden in the darkness. 

3. Perspective

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Guava Island and Donald Glover provide us with a different way to interpret America; as a concept more than a geographical location. This is in similar fashion to his controversial This Is America music video, but does so from the perspective of an optimistic factory worker in a so-called underdeveloped country. 

Guava Island is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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