Original Content podcast: On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics

It was rigid to know what to expect from “Guava isle.”

Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the weird project with director Hiro Murai (who’s also directed multiple episodes of “Atlanta” and the sound video for “This is America”, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the movie at Coachella and releasing it on Amazon.

“Guava isle” turns out to be a 54-minute, fable-like tale of a musician named

Deni (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional Caribbean isle. Deni plans to throw a sound festival for the community, but the isle master Red Cargo wants to stop him — if his employees stay out late to party, they might not show up for work the next day.

On this week’s episode of the genuine Content podcast, we’re joined by Jon Shieber to discuss our reactions to the movie.

It’s certainly filled with pretty footage of Cuba, as well as amazing musical moments — like a restaging of “This is America” that makes its anti-capitalist themes even more obvious. But the tale as a whole feels underdeveloped, and it’s a bit mystifying that someone would cast Rihanna in musical, then fail to give her a solo time to sing.

We also discuss an obscure small show named
“Game of Thrones,” which returned for its final season last week. We have thoughts on the season premiere, and on what’s coming for the next five episodes.

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