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

It was hard to know what to expect from Guava Island.
Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (whos also directed multiple episodes of Atlanta and the music video for This is America, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the film at Coachella and releasing it on Amazon.
Guava Island turns out 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 festival for the community, but the island boss 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 weeks episode of the Original Content podcast, were joined by Jon Shieber to discuss our reactions to the film.
Its certainly filled with beautiful footage of Cuba, as well as wonderful musical moments like a restaging of This is America that makes its anti-capitalist themes even more obvious. But the story as a whole feels underdeveloped, and its a bit mystifying that someone would cast Rihanna in musical, then fail to give her a single moment to sing.
We also discuss an obscure little show called Game of Thrones, which returned for its final season last week. We have thoughts on the season premiere, and on whats coming for the next five episodes.
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