It was difficult to know what to expect from “Isla Guava”.
Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (who also directed several episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “This is America,” then said nothing about it until the film debuted at Coachella. and Launching it on Amazon.
“Isla Guava” turns out to be a story similar to a 54-minute fable of a musician named Deni (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional island in the Caribbean. Deni plans to launch a music festival for the community, but the island’s chief, Red Cargo, wants to stop him. If your employees are staying late to party, they may not show up for work the next day.
On this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast, Jon Shieber joins us to discuss our reactions to the film.
It is certainly full of beautiful images of Cuba, as well as wonderful musical moments, like a reissue of “This is America” that makes its anti-capitalist themes even more evident. But the story as a whole feels underdeveloped, and it’s a bit unnerving for someone to cast Rihanna into a musical and then not give her a single moment to sing.
We also talked about a dark little show called “Game of Thrones,” which returned for its final season last week. We have thoughts on the season premiere and what’s to come in the next five episodes.
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