The canon of Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) continues to grow. This week, the actor/rapper released a new short film titled “Chicken and Futility,” and it’s a little slice of life of a flick.
The movie starts off with Glover reading e.e. cummings’ dark poem about incest, “annie died the other day,” in a rapid monotone while his two friends play video games. The poem is apparently for a paper that Glover’s character has yet to start writing.
After the brief poetry reading, Glover launches into a discussion of why it’s important for him to know how to roll a joint (so he can say he knows know at parties), and his friends express a desire to get Chick-fil-A.
“Aren’t we not supposed to be eating there because of the gay stuff?” Glover asks, which leads to a bit of a meandering conversation about whether or not eating at an anti-gay establishment makes any difference and why the guys always want that particular brand of fast-food on Sundays.
After forgetting their hankering for fried chicken and biscuits, the boys ask Glover why he was so bummed the other day and things get decidedly bleak and serious.
“I saw this moth in my room and it was going towards the lightbulb and it was buzzing around it and I wanted to know why they did that, so I looked it up,” Glover explains. “It’s because moths are looking for the moon — they’re looking for moonlight because they’re trying to fly North. So this moth — everything in it’s telling it to do exactly what it’s doing. It’s doing the right thing, but it’s just the wrong light.”
He then brings this rumination of futility home by suggesting that the trio buy a bunch of Chick-fil-A and sell it in front of a Chick-fil-A on Sunday, amending: “We’re never gonna do that.”
Glover’s film is out-there, but fits decidedly well within the oeuvre of works he has already released, including short film “Clapping For All the Wrong Reasons,” an accompaniment to his new record, Because the Internet, as well as a 70-plus-page screenplay featuring a character called “The Boy” that also goes along with the record.
Glover apparently acted out bits of the screenplay IRL over the months leading up to the record’s release. Perhaps, then, “Chicken and Futility” will also get a real-life debut.