Guava Island Reviews

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September 25, 2019
It is easy to say that even though it's a casually charming collective of ferociously stiched notes, the overall experience that you get out of this half-baked allegory is also half-amusing.
September 10, 2019
Glover and Murai assemble a magnetic cast who are, quite simply, a joy to watch.
August 26, 2019
Guava Island's most damning sin is that it's unconvincing -- both aesthetically and in its assertion of Deni as a selfless, romantic, revolutionary hero.
July 10, 2019
The cartoon sections of Guava Island are dazzlingly colourful. Glover's voice shines. And Rihanna turns what could have felt like a bit-part perfume ad acting role into a showcase for her natural, sparkling charisma.
June 7, 2019
Guava Island in all, is a brilliant idea with decent execution, but there is no denying that this could have been better.
May 23, 2019
Donald Glover and Rihanna bring us a dark, disturbing Caribbean fairytale that sits somewhere between musical feature film and long-form music video.
April 29, 2019
Visually it has interesting moments. [Full review in Spanish]
April 29, 2019
Odd, and at times feels like a goof. But it encapsulates the filmmaking style of Glover, Murai and Co., and I was entertained throughout (Philadelphia Weekly)
April 24, 2019
Stripping away the island's identity inadvertently taps into the idea that the Caribbean islands - and Latin America or African countries, in general - are all just the same.
April 22, 2019
It is quite paradoxical that something that wants to be anti-capitalist has "product placement" everywhere. [Full review in Spanish]
April 22, 2019
It never fully works as a film that believes art can topple tyranny, but is nevertheless charming, musically festive and visually soothing.
April 19, 2019
A vibrating interpretation that celebrates class consciousness. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 17, 2019
It's a proclamation made without any verve or conviction.
April 17, 2019
The film is so breezy that resistance against its musical form will prove futile, though Glover doesn't leave much room for anyone else to shine.
April 17, 2019
Unexpectedly but appropriately, Guava Island is a companion piece to Jordan Peele's recent horror picture, Us - dense with symbolism and metaphor.
April 16, 2019
Glover's short film mixes music, mild violence.
April 16, 2019
There's relatively little dialogue, yet Guava Island still manages to drag, as if the filmmakers assumed its aesthetics would be enough.
April 16, 2019
For all of Glover's substantial achievements, [Guava Island] is shockingly facile and utterly limited in perspective.
April 16, 2019
Its tight runtime and straightforward message, mixed with infectious music, makes the film an enjoyable weekend-morning stream.
April 15, 2019
Guava Island is a breezy fable with insurgent aspirations that are better off not being fully realized; likewise, for the discerning Amazon Prime subscriber, it gives you what you want, which is to be left wanting more.
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