‘Sasquatch Sunset’ Review: More Sweet Comedy Than Gross Out Humor

Kenny Miles reviews Sasquatch Sunset, which prides itself on gross-out gags, but reveals a sweeter story from within.

The Zellner Brothers are both kooky and profound in their simplicity with their movies, and this is the case in their latest film, Sasquatch Sunset. From what I have seen, the directing duo has made a wide range of movies with their brand of dark humor. Honestly, I am only familiar with their work in 2014’s very underrated Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, and Damsel, even though these three movies are distinctly different. The ambitious and original film defied genre and expectations. Even though it made me laugh, I wouldn’t call it a comedy, as it has some serious moments and isn’t what you think of a drama. It flows between concise categories, and I don’t know where to begin describing this. 

Let’s start with the cast, which you cannot see behind the costumes they wear. Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Christophe Zajac-Denek, and co-director Nathan Zellner lead the ensemble in costume and are fully committed to the creative venture of making Sasquatch Sunset. Their facial expressions, especially in their eyes, reveal their intricate performances, which provide more nuance and tenderness than you expect from a Sasquatch movie. The cast worked with a mime coach to copy the Sasquatch behavior and to establish a constant movement for the creatures. The characters display every body fluid imaginable. This is a raw with vomit and balls—a lot of ass. There is a scene involving discovery where they lose their shit metaphorically and literally. 

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Surprisingly, when you read the plot description of Sasquatch Sunset, it sustains its running time with the Sasquatch’s adventures and misadventures in the woods, with everything from the humorous of the snapping turtle to eating the fish grossly hysterical. The running time had a decent pace, considering the story feels improvised. Dialogue-free but deeply rich in substance, there is a plot building toward something meaningful in the third act, even during moments that are either sweetly tender or absurd. 

Very unexpected moments caught me off guard in Sasquatch Sunset. These scenes defied expectations and set up emotional stakes of solemnity, profound sadness, and deep reflection. It was about the creatures’ connection to the woods, the earth, and each other through the gaze of a tender and empathetic demeanor.  

Ultimately, Sasquatch Sunset is an emotional journey as much as the one they travel through the wilderness. The art-house experiment is putting itself out there for audiences to discover, and I know a group of moviegoers will appreciate it. It has cult classic status and memes written all over it. 

Sasquatch Sunset is now playing in theaters nationwide. 

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Kenny admired film criticism as a child when his mother wrote a positive review of Home Alone in his small town Arkansas newspaper and defended it against angry Letters to the Editor. Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies especially the cultural impact of a film, if something is overlooked by Hollywood, or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, specialty releases, an auteur director, a unique premise, branding, and THE much infamous "awards season." Kenny currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion working as an events marketing coordinator. He spends many Friday nights exit polling for CinemaScore (and his opinions are his own).

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