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I sympathize with the family and friends for their loss, but I can't gloss over what a crazy, grandstanding and ultimately suicidal "mission" this was. He wasn't exactly Diane Fossey, who literally fought poachers off the mountain gorillas in Rwanda--these bears were in a state park.
Absolutely NOTHING in science or life tells Treadway or anyone else that it's safe to live with bears. He ventures into the wild and lives in a constant state of delusion, even as the bears kill and eat each other, his cute little foxes, the adorable little cubs. As Herzog points out, there's nothing to support Treadway's fantasy world of harmony in the bloody Alaskan wilderness.
GRIZZLY MAN is a fascinating story but I have to agree with the reviews which compare the interviews with BEST IN SHOW or A MIGHTY WIND.
(If you were fascinated by this story, check out the book INTO THE WILD, about another young man who disappeared and died in the Alaskan bush in an attempt to live off the land. GORILLAS IN THE MIST is both a book and a movie about Diane Fossey, another controversial person who fought on behalf of endangered animals).
This is really a film by two filmmakers... Werner Herzog, and Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell is the infamous "grizzly man" who lived among the grizzly bears of Alaska for 13 years, until he and his girlfriend were killed and eaten by a bear. For the last five years, he brought video equipment along and shot movies of the bears, and himself. He saw himself making a movie about the bears, but really, he was making it about himself.
Herzog is also making two films, in a way. First, he is assembling and sharing Treadwell's work. As a filmmaker, Herzog admired Treadwell as a "methodical" and dedicated filmmaker who captured exquisite and deeply moving images of the bears he loved. Second, Herzog created a character study of Treadwell as a person. What many reviewers here fail to comprehend is that Herzog feels no sympathy for Treadwell. He considers Treadwell to be a delusional romantic, descending into paranoia and madness from the cognitive dissonance of his romantic imagination colliding with reality. Herzog, being a stoic German existentialist, sees both bears and humans as heartless killers in an uncaring universe. Herzog, however, is too good a filmmaker to be completely judgemental. He balances the opinions of various people who knew Treadwell, along with Treadwell's self-filmed footage, and lets the viewer judge the goodness or badness of Treadwell's life personally.
The combination of Treadwell's own footage, Herzog's editing, and Herzog's interviews make for an extraordinarily beautiful and moving film.Read more ›
The director, Werner Herzog demonstrates again what a master filmmaker he truly is. Herzog also created the film that Treadwell never made by editing hundreds of hours of footage into a film that tells the story Treadwell would have himself made. But Herzog does not allow the audience to be seduced into the sentimentalism that caused Treadwell's death - Herzog indeed interrupts Treadwell's narration and explicitly disagrees with the notion that animals and humans can live in a harmonious relationship and indeed shows the fact that the worlds of humans and bears are separate and there is little room for the intersection of the two.
The extended on the DVD is even more remarkable as Herzog demonstrates his depth of understanding as the soundtrack is scored.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed. A self-styled savior for bears that didn't need his kind of help.Published 3 days ago by Lee Venden
Could be a three (3) star movie. I enjoyed the bear scenes whenever Timothy Treadwell wasn't in them. Scenery was magnificent. Read morePublished 3 days ago by william garvey
i couldn't even finish the movie. The man seemed mentally ill and I found the movie to be quite sad.Published 8 days ago by mk
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|treadwell was a psychotic nut||
His girlfriend had her own brain and no one forced her to go there with Treadwell. She knew perfectly well where she was going. I am amazed how people keep laying her death on Treadwell (whom I consider a very misguided nutcase, of course). I mean, if your boyfriend decided to go hang out with... Read More
Oct 1, 2007 by Ellie | See all 7 posts
|ONE STAR? Are you stupid?||
Yes, we read that. Got it.
May 18, 2011 by Kubricker | See all 8 posts
|music from "Grizzly Man"||
That's probably because it's actually by Don Edwards. The song is "Coyotes" though. I found it on iTunes. Hope that helps.
Nov 21, 2007 by D. Arnold | See all 2 posts
|Yes - BUT IS THE MOVIE ANY GOOD?||
yes, this IS a five star movie!
Jan 9, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 8 posts
|A detailed report on the Attack (they were dumber than you think).||
Thank you for the link--excellent discussion by what seems to be a decent bear-loving guy doing his best to tease out what happened. What has niggled at me about both Treadwell and McCandless is a mystery behind why they both seemed off-kilter. Why did McCandless renounce so much, take being... Read More
Aug 30, 2009 by monica | See all 5 posts
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