Childish Gambino and Rihanna star in Guava Island

Sorry to disappoint you, but no, Guava Island is not a visual album. Premiered shortly after Childish Gambino’s headlining set at Coachella, the film centers itself as Gambino’s approach to his own Purple Rain. The film centers explores class division, labor, and how music impacts all walks of life.

Short, sweet, and straight to the point, Guava Island touches on the central themes of class division, labor, and how music impacts all walks of life. Screenwriter, Stephen Glover, compared the storyline and the underlining messages to the death of Nipsey Hussle, and how capitalism has left people out for years (via Rolling Stone). The driving force of the narrative is America, as it’s utilized as a symbol that represents sacrifice for the sweet old American Dream

Death became the focal point to Childish Gambino’s performance art. As death looms over in the film, Gambino commits an human sacrifice during his performance at Coachella. Also, songs from Gambino’s newest album 3:15 were first previewed in the film including the Ariana Grande assisted “Time”. Guava Island allows the endless possibilities for viewers to dissect how they emotionally connect to art.

Continuously building up to a climax, the film lacks an overall appeal because the characters are underutilized, and the chemistry between Gambino and Rihanna, that everyone so badly wanted to see, was wasted due to the lack of involvement with her talents.
As a Purple Rain-esque inspired visual, the film defines Gambino’s talents, but with the rehash of the 2018 singles, it serves no purpose than questioning was this really worth the wait, or this should’ve been premiered last summer. ‘Guava Island’ is way past it’s expiration date, but serves as a cool visual experience.

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