Friday 7 June 2024

REVIEW: Sasquatch Sunset (2024 Film) - Starring Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg

Sasquatch Sunset

Images: Icon Film Distribution

Review by Jon Donnis

Get ready to venture into the depths of the forest for an extraordinary cinematic experience like no other. Directed by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner, "Sasquatch Sunset" embarks on an absurdist, epic, and downright hilarious journey alongside a family of Sasquatches, possibly the last of their enigmatic kind. Set against the backdrop of the misty forests of North America, these shaggy and noble giants find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them. From survival struggles to moments of poignant reflection, the film promises an unforgettable adventure through the eyes of these mythical creatures as they desperately try to find more of their kind..

Starring the talented Riley Keough and Academy Award-nominee Jesse Eisenberg, "Sasquatch Sunset" is not just a film; it's an experience that transcends the ordinary and ventures into the extraordinary. Christophe Zajac-Denek plays the child, while Nathan Zellner himself takes on the role of the alpha male, adding layers of depth and authenticity to the Sasquatch family dynamics.

"Sasquatch Sunset" isn't for everyone, but it deserves respect for fully committing to its outlandish concept and running with it. From the moment the film begins, you are plunged into the bizarre world of these mythical creatures. You will laugh, you will cry, and you may even cover your eyes at some of the more grotesque moments. However, after 20 minutes of watching, you start to acclimatize and appreciate the distinct personalities of each Sasquatch. The longer you stay with them, the more you start to see the nuanced performances and the heartfelt storytelling.

Consistently weird and frequently wonderful, "Sasquatch Sunset" uses its high-concept premise to explore a host of themes: collective living, coexistence with nature, and the longing stirred by seclusion. The stunning makeup and practical effects breathe life into these creatures, making them feel both fantastical and real. The rich atmosphere, enhanced by a great score, draws you deeper into the world of the Sasquatches, making their joys and sorrows palpable.

The film transitions from weird, funny, and gross humour in the beginning to something surprisingly meaningful. The Zellner brothers and their cast have delivered a film that is by turns funny, sad, and ultimately poignant. Yet, despite its strengths, the film's 90-minute runtime might feel too long for some viewers given its absurd nature. Additionally, some of the crude jokes and the complete lack of dialogue may put off those who prefer more conventional narratives.

In summary, "Sasquatch Sunset" might be the most bizarre film ever made. It invites you to watch a small group of Sasquatches go about their lives, offering moments that range from gross-out humour to hilarity, and from profound sadness to unexpected poignancy. The film does a great job of immersing you in its weirdness, but it will ultimately split the viewing audience. You will either love its absurdity and originality, or you will hate it for the same reasons. Personally, I enjoyed the film and appreciated its unique approach to storytelling. Therefore, I score "Sasquatch Sunset" a decent 7.5 out of 10. If you're open to the unusual and absurd, this film offers a distinctive cinematic experience worth exploring.

In UK cinemas from June 14th, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution