Grizzly Man (2005)
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Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry.
Treadwell, a failed TV actor, is presented as someone desperate to give and receive love. That he went to such extremes is tragic, but also, in Herzog's sympathetic eyes, deeply human.
Fascinating as both nature documentary and as a portrait of a narcissistic monomaniac, utterly in keeping with Herzogian type.
Herzog's stirring, thought-provoking documentary meditates with exceeding insight into the mind that drove the man.
Werner Herzog forgoes judging Timothy Treadwell's disputed methods or questionable mental state - letting viewers decide based on footage that suggests Treadwell essentially sought some sort of transmutation from flesh to fur.
Audience Reviews for Grizzly Man
This has to be one of the most mesmerizing documentaries to come out, possibly ever. Between the hypnotic monotone of narrator and director Werner Herzog, and the out of this world footage from bear aficionado Tim Treadwell, this is a merging that will never be replicated again. The film lets you decide for yourself what the legacy of Tim Treadwell really is, but you cannot deny his energy, focus, and pure love for these creatures.
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An immediately captivating premise is elevated by Werner Herzog's perfect pacing and elegant editing, and the undeniably beautiful yet eerie, tragically ironic footage taken by Timothy Treadwell, the man who lived for 13 summers with grizzly bears before being eaten by one in 2003. The clearly troubled, possibly insane Treadwell set out to film bears, and Herzog instead turns this wealth of amazing footage on its original, now-deceased filmmaker to create an utterly human story.
The hypocritical execution made this documentary come off as rather unauthentic. A better reenactment/acting (specifically the scenes involving Jewel Palovak were executed horribly. The pretentiousness was quite apparent, at least to me. The scene where Herzog suggests her to destroy the tape was pathetic than sympathetic.) might have helped here. Apart from that flaw, the movie was passable. And passable isn't too bad these days around. 4.5/10.
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