I must say I much prefer Herzog's documentaries than his feature films. This one is mostly based on videos recorded by the main character, Timothy T. The movie is in part about wild nature (bears and foxes), but also very much about psychiatric condition that the main character is clearly suffering from, namely mania/manic-depressive disorder. He says he stopped drinking alcohol (addiction) thanks to living with the bears every summer in Alaska. I am thinking, maybe the danger of facing grizzly bears so close and everyday has kept him in the happy phase of his manic-depressive cycle? It is an interesting documentary, about self-image, image-making, self-deception, etc., philosophical indeed, food for thought...
Don't waste your time with this pretty terrible movie.
Documentary for those who admire 'Call of the wild' film. Critical reviews encouraged me to see, as hadnt heard of documentary. Overall wonderfully thought provoking nature/culture clash. Tim Treadwell was amazing to live and conduct his 'study' of grizzly bears for so long. The footage of the bears and his proximity is incredible, the foxes!! Not for everyone perhaps... but I can't stop thinking about the questions Herzog raises, powerful.
Very disturbing but well made. Not sappy but gives you an insight in to Grizzly Man. How did he survive out there for so long???
90 minutes of amateur footage of an unhinged former alcoholic befriending bears. A
host of eccentric characters including the director himself and a grizzly ending does
little to ward off the sheer tediousness of this film.
A good doco
I found him to be annoying yet intriguing
The doco name says it all. This film is about the man, not the bears.
A very strange character that seems doomed from the very beginning.
At least he died doing what he loved, but the tragedy with his girlfriend was unfortunately easily avoidable. Very sad outcome
A movie that is guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable all the way through. Needed more facts and something to hold it together.
This film has its Grisly moments!
An amazing, compelling story about a complex guy. Werner Herzog at his philosophical best.
Seemed to me he was just a boy who thought he could treat a wild animal like his personal teddy bears and paid the price for his stupidity. Pity his girlfriend had to die as well though. On the good side there was some awesome footage but again, not worth dying for.
What a terrible movie. This guy is obviously mentally unstable and how pointless to watch a movie about his crazy delusions. There was no new information about bears in the wild or nothing good to come from this story.
I think it very sad that Treadwell wasn't embraced by authorities. Worth watching, with the end leaving me wondering if it wasn't all planned?
Could have done without the director talking over it. The vision spoke for itself.
While Hertzog's documentaries are now being released en masse in Australia this is the first that I have seen, and I was interested to see how he was going to blend Treadwell's footage with his own observations. I'm not sure if Treadwell really was as loopy as the footage included made him appear, but from the comments of those interviewed it seems he was. I thought it was a great idea that could have been handled better - and from some of the other reviews it is clear that the marketing people need to do a better job of letting viewers know what they are getting!
An excellent film by a very talented director(Werner Herzog) his commentary really complemented the film. Some amazing footage not only of bears but the interaction with Foxes. An informative and thought provoking documentary.
A very disappointing film! The main character is clearly deluded and at times almost psychotic
If you think you are gettig a film about a man living in the wild protecting, writing, and learning more about the grizzly . . . you would be wrong. There is nothing natural about this film, its film maker,nor its so called star. The only thing remotely interesting is the odd bits of footage he had that ANY tourist could get who followed the rules about camping and living with bears.
Don't bother with this film.
I expected to learn a lot more about bears and their natural habitat/ behaviour than the self-glorifications of this wannabe-bear whisperer.
Herzog intrudes at times. but I found the subject fascinating and the film compelling. The bears are truly scary.Tim Treadwell was close to being a lunatic but he hurt no one but himself(and his girlfriend!)
Extras are interesting.
Absorbing subject matter - but on too many occasions Herzog needed to stay quiet and let the pictures speak for themselves instead of telling the audience how to respond
I started watching, but just couldn't get into it, so turned it off.
you can't help but like this crazy guy. some wierd commentating but a great story, shame about the ending..
Normally I'd stick with the saying "don't feed the bears" but for this movie I'd make an exception - which is exactly what happened. The only problem was that they didn't eat the film this imbecile made - which is prabably because its taste was so bad. Just save yourself the bother.