from ALPINE, WY
Reviewed on 2/17/2021...
This is a fascinating documentary, but very upsetting also.
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(stringpluckers) from CEDAR LAKE, IN
Reviewed on 11/8/2011...
I admired Grizzly Man for Werner Herzog's consistently captivating work on an interesting story. It is for the most part, strange in many ways, I'm not certain this is documentary into the conserves of nature and bears, albeit somewhat of an shadowy insight into the mind of Timothy Treadwell - an eccentric person who was mentally wounded long before he ended up in the clutches of a bear's jaws. Many times this film veers away from a realistic sensation and although I'm not for certain it is staged or a product of Herzog's personal weirdness, if you are looking for unadulterated facts about this nature lover's plight, I'm not certain you'll get the real version here. All in all, it was worth a watch, for me, and both wilderness worshipers and psychoanalytic pundits will love this.
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(superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 7/12/2008...
Wow, this movie really makes you think about wildlife, poaching, bears, living in the wild, etc. It's really good. It is the story of Timothy Treadwell aka Timothy Dexter ( in real life). He was a naturalist and film maker. He championed the bear in all aspects. He lived a portion of his life for 13 summers in bear country in Canada. His last trip he took a girlfriend. They both were killed by a rogue bear very late in the season. He never carried weapons and swore throughout the film that he never would hurt a bear to save his own life. When he was not in bear country filming and living, he traveled around Canada and gave free talks to schoolchildren and audiences.
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from SUN PRAIRIE, WI
Reviewed on 11/27/2007...
Nature documentaries don't get any more surreal than this.
This *untrained* happy-go-lucky, animal rights activist (Tim Treadwell) crosses the line between man & nature, legality, and... reality.
People say things about dogs like "Ahhh... he thinks he's people!" - Tim pretty much thought he was a bear. A Care Bear. And he and his girlfriend paid with their lives...
This movie is amazing though, because there is no attempt made by the director to gloss over reality or idealize/idolize Tim's life. There are a lot of very mean things said about him in here. There are a lot of good things too. (It's a lot better portrait of the (idiotic) romantic notion of Alaska as the last frontier than the fictionalized version of "Into the Wild.")
This movie is gruesomely vivid in it's detailing of the death. So this is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY. That being said, it's an amazing, and haunting movie that will stay with you for a long time. And Tim did get some seriously amazing footage of American Grizzlies. It's a worthy legacy.
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