Top critical review
Feel Like Summer/Cold Like Winter
April 13, 2019
Donald Glover shows us why he is the futuristic musical talent as he finds a new and innovative way to promote his album while incorporating the authentic and spiritual feel of the islands in his songs. The scenery of Guava Island is as refreshing as a morning sea breeze. The warmth and courtesy of the people shine through.
We see two different kinds of power struggles on the island. The shady strong-arm approach by Red Cargo played by Nonso Anozie as compared to the free-spirited Deni played by Donald Glover who through his music infuses the hope to lift the spirit of the people on the island. Guava Island, however only has room for one of them. Is it a movie or is it a combination of music videos? Guava Island had the potential to be a full-blown script. We needed to see more interaction between Deni and the love of his life Kofi played by Rihanna. However, due to its length, the film doesn't allow us to get an emotional bond with the characters so we are left to poke our ears up and enjoy some breath-taking music and for that reason, I give Guava Island 3 Stars Out Of 5.