CHEE$E follows restless islander Skimma as he creates and sells a potent new cannabis product while trying to evade the law and support his unborn child. The feature is punctuated by unforgettable characters, evocative music, a striking palette, dynamic camera work and editing, Marcano’s animation, and subtitles with attitude. Seven years in the making, CHEE$E is the first chapter in a Caribbean trilogy. Marcano directed, wrote, shot, executive produced, and acted in the film alongside his fellow Trinidadians.
Chee$e is one of those experimental movies that you’re rather going to get a lot out of it or nothing at all. Luckily for me, I fairly had a groovy time with it, and it was relatively funny and hypnotic at times. It’s by far the most psychedelic film I’ve seen at SXSW since I wasn’t there in person and didn’t catch the major films. This one was a blast.
I don’t know how many of the cast have acted before, though I thought the whole cast crushed it and kept it going throughout the flick in a stylistic journey that is well worth going out of the box for some wild vivid entertainment that you probably won’t find anywhere else.
If you’re the one who seeks out the festival favorites and independent films Chee$e may be a fun time for you as it is never slowly paced, and it does have a decent look and feel to the movie.
Overall Grade: 2.5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar