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On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics – TechCrunch

It was arduous to know what to anticipate from “Guava Island.”
Final 12 months, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious mission with director Hiro Murai (who’s additionally directed a number of episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “That is America”, then they stated nearly nothing about it till debuting the movie at Coachella and releasing it on Amazon.
“Guava Island” seems to be a 54-minute, fable-like story of a musician named Deni (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional Caribbean island. Deni plans to throw a music competition for the group, however the island boss Pink Cargo needs to cease him — if his staff keep out late to celebration, they may not present up for work the subsequent day.
On this week’s episode of the Unique Content material podcast, we’re joined by Jon Shieber to debate our reactions to the movie.
It’s definitely crammed with stunning footage of Cuba, in addition to fantastic musical moments — like a restaging of “That is America” that makes its anti-capitalist themes much more apparent. However the story as a complete feels underdeveloped, and it’s a bit mystifying that somebody would forged Rihanna in musical, then fail to present her a single second to sing.
We additionally talk about an obscure little present referred to as “Recreation of Thrones,” which returned for its closing season final week. We now have ideas on the season premiere, and on what’s coming for the subsequent 5 episodes.
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