Sasquatch Sunset (2024)

by | Apr 17, 2024 | Movie Reviews, New In Theaters | 0 comments

Sasquatch Sunset is an utterly bizarre slice of life film that closely observes a band of eclectic Sasquatch through a year in their messy and simple lives. Straight from the mind of someone who just took too many edibles comes a feature film from brothers David and Nathan Zellner that completely challenges the audience on every level. It’s exactly the kind of art-house indie filmmaking you expect to find at film festivals and while it certainly won’t appeal to broad audiences, I’m certain there’s a niche who will find a deeper meaning beneath all the Sasquatch’s boorish and repulsive behavior.

Sasquatch Sunset

Right from the start we’re completely immersed in the pacific northwest woods, breathing in the beauty of massive forests and rivers all around. Pleasant music fills the air as what seems like a nature documentary slowly explores this wooded area. Before you know it, multiple Sasquatch grunts disrupt the peaceful music and the camera pans to two Sasquatch having sex in the middle of the brush while all the animals’ watch. It’s somewhat shocking and weirdly comical, but this scene completely sets the tone for the rest of what will be a bizarre 90-some minutes.

I’m not sure how they were convinced to do this project (someone must have dirt), but Jesse Eisenberg and Riley Keough completely commit to the Sasquatch bit and lose themselves entirely to the primal urges their Squatch’s endure. You would never know it’s them underneath all the impressive Sasquatch suits, but it almost doesn’t matter because the performances are non-verbal and are “captivating” in a very peculiar and physical way. I’m not saying I enjoyed watching their Sasquatch’s pee and poop all over the place in graphic fashion, but I do have to give them props because they really went for it and left it all out on the court (or forest floor).

Once you’re able to accept the national geographic style of storytelling, the lack of a real narrative flows a bit easier as the beauty of the cinematography takes a greater hold on your eyes. There’s a ton of breathtaking beauty on display from cinematographer Mike Gioulakis, who has a keen ability to capture the tranquility of the PNW nature and wildlife. As we follow this group over the course of the year, Gioulakis’ picturesque landscapes slowly become littered with the byproduct of human deforestation efforts. There’s a very subtle environmental message behind the scenes of Sasquatch Sunset, though unfortunately I feel it never fully devotes itself to hammering that message in.

Sasquatch Sunset grooves to its own beat and much of that is thanks to The Octopus Project, who craft a truly delightful soundtrack to accompany these curious creatures. Between the sights and the sounds, there’s just enough going on in this film to keep your attention and make it a worthwhile experience. It’s probably good I had a slight buzz while watching, because going into this thing with no knowledge and being stone cold sober could make for a real trippy experience. I’m not sure what mushrooms the cast and crew ingested while making this film, but it’s mostly for the benefit of the audience.

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