Guava Island

2019

Guava Island

Critics Consensus

Thematically ambitious if occasionally somewhat obtuse, Guava Island adds another intriguing chapter to a talented team's burgeoning filmography.

74%

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Total Count: 35

79%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 292
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Movie Info

On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy. A tropical thriller starring Donald Glover and Rihanna.

Cast

Donald Glover
as Deni Maroon
Rihanna
as Kofi Novia
Letitia Wright
as Yara Love
Nonso Anozie
as Red Cargo

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Critic Reviews for Guava Island

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (9)

  • Glover and Murai assemble a magnetic cast who are, quite simply, a joy to watch.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Donald Glover and Rihanna bring us a dark, disturbing Caribbean fairytale that sits somewhere between musical feature film and long-form music video.

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For all of Glover's substantial achievements, [Guava Island] is shockingly facile and utterly limited in perspective.

    Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Its tight runtime and straightforward message, mixed with infectious music, makes the film an enjoyable weekend-morning stream.

    Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Joelle Monique

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Its message is noble, its vistas handsome and vibrant. But the film doesn't quite meet the exceptionally high bar Glover has set for himself.

    Apr 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jake Nevins

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • The Glover brothers and Murai have, as ever, no shortage of big questions and ideas to build their stories around...

    Apr 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guava Island

  • Apr 23, 2019
    I have been a fan of Donal Glover since his breakouts either with his unique turn in music or his acting debut in the television show Community. For these reasons alone, I'll pretty much watch anything that he has been attached to star in. Guava Island is one of Amazon Prime's most recent releases and while it teeters between being a feature film and a short film, I will consider it a feature, since the standard is usually 50 minutes. Clocking in at 55 minutes, this is a very breezy watch, which easily has me recommending this enjoyable flick. Set on Guava Island and following Deni (Donald Glover) as he is set on performing the largest festival the island has ever seen, complications arise and turns the overall premise of the movie into a brief thriller when the climax kicks into gear. Being as short as it is, it's hard to not ruin the ending of this film, but if you have seen the music video This is America by Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), this film is pretty much an extended version of that concept, even down to a performance of the song. This film definitely sets out to make a statement and I believe it does so in an emotional, yet fun way. Donald Glover and Rihanna have some very enjoyable chemistry here, be it ever so brief. There were multiple occasions where I could feel the movie would soon conclude, as it sets up many threads and ties them up quickly. This was my main complaint with the film because it really did have the potential to be 30-40 minutes longer. This is the type of movie that, with the right marketing tactic, could have been a giant movie at the box office, due to the fact that it would have started a large conversation. In the end, Guava Island is a very well-made, short feature film that goes all-in on its messages and delivers throughout the climax of the story. Normally, I wouldn't recommend a movie that exists solely to make a statement, but because everyone in the film is very likeable and the music throughout is worth listening to, I can absolutely give this one a recommendation. Guava Island isn't a movie that I would put above the rest of this year's releases, but it's an easy watch for many viewers. Solid entertainment with an impactful ending.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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