The pair put out the film last night (April 12), half an hour into the Gambino’s – aka Donald Glover – headline set at Coachella.
According to an IMDB.com synopsis, the film is “a tropical thriller that casts Donald Glover as a musician with designs on pulling off a scheme to rob his way into the good life, which quickly gets him in over his head.”
Fans have taken to social media to share their opinions on the movie. “Tha flavor, the music, the colors, Donald Glover, RIHANNA,” wrote one person. “Everything about #GuavaIsland is exquisit.”
— active bitch face (@_valentineec) April 13, 2019
Another added: “#GuavaIsland was like an extended music video for all the songs Childish Gambino drooped last summer.”
One person pointed out the work of director Hiro Murai, who has worked with Glover previously on Atlanta and the video for ‘This Is America’. “We’re going to eventually need to talk about how good every part of GUAVA ISLAND is but for now I want to ignore Donald and Rihanna and talk about how every shot Hiro Murai ever puts to film is mESMERIZING.”
we're going to eventually need to talk about how good every part of GUAVA ISLAND is but for now I want to ignore Donald and Rihanna and talk about how every shot Hiro Murai ever puts to film is mESMERIZING
— evan romano (@EvanRomano) April 13, 2019
Some viewers were not happy that Rihanna does not sing in Guava Island. “How was there a whole ass movie with a musical focus and @RIHANNA in it but not one song from the queen??!?” Asked one. “We need that fenty music sis #GuavaIsland.”
— liam (@fatbrokebitch) April 13, 2019
See more reactions below.
— Saint Kemar (@MrMorrisIfUNsty) April 13, 2019
— ⛈kay⛈ (@thekayson) April 13, 2019
Okay, I absolutely loved it. I can relate to the frustration and passion Deny has for wanting to express himself. And to present it in a film that has beautiful cinematography and music… we’re lucky to be witness to this. #GuavaIsland pic.twitter.com/k9FoBpNa15
— Alex Landin (@AlexLandinTV) April 14, 2019
— gee?? (@gdarggg) April 13, 2019
#GuavaIsland is the short film I never knew I needed.
— ????? ℕ???????? ???????? (@sanyuserwadda) April 14, 2019
guava island is so cute, kinda gutted there’s no collab between Rihanna and Donald but we have to stan the film. ?? pic.twitter.com/2VHSnyiqFV
— ? (@fentxyy) April 13, 2019
Started watching guava Island and I can't get past the title credits cause the song is an absolute screamer.. Release the soundtrack you heathens #GuavaIsland
— A$AP PAIGEY (@byedriver) April 13, 2019
Guava Island is easy, breezy and shot beautifully. Not surprising from the Donald Glover/Hiro Murai team. I demand a soundtrack! pic.twitter.com/RcNsZZcILy
— Joi Childs (@jumpedforjoi) April 14, 2019
Meanwhile, Glover urged fans to put their phones away during his headline set at Coachella. The rapper also paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller, and his late father during the performance.