By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Werner Herzog is back to form with this captivating documentary about Grizzly Bear fanatic, Timothy Treadwell
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Great footage and surprisingly hilariousBy Cyfran101 (21 reviews) from Ludlow , 08 Apr 2006
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[Highly rated reviewer]Treadwell from the first moments of the film is shown to have a different outlook on life.
The film works great on 3 main levels, Firstly you're seeing amazing footage of bears from over 13 years of filming and footage that is shot so (insanely)close up to the bears you wonder if you will ever see this type of footage again.
Secondly Treadwell is a case study in loneliness leading to self delusion (that only he can save the bears)but puts his case with such belief its staggering.
Thirdly the film is hilarious. Treadwell seems blissfully unaware that his bizarre behaviour and some outlandish views are so laughable and the people brought on camera to talk about his character don't seem know him that well but like to be on film. I came out undertanding why he thought the wildlife and bears needed protection but ultimately his methods were more harmful than beneficial, you may come out with a totally different view. The film may not be completely to your taste though as it features Americans who display that forced sincerity and crying for camera, even the coroner can't just provide a normal report.
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Oh dear, how sadBy a customer , 27 Nov 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWild grizzly bears aren't cute and they most certainly aren't pets !
Timothy thought he knew better, that he had a special way with them. Wrong ! He was just plain irritating.
Irritating to the bears and also to any human being that understands we are not welcome everywhere in this world.
The film, and the acclaim it has won, serves to reveal that our 'coochy-coo' approach to wild animals is fundamentally flawed.
The bear that ate him was perfectly entitled.
Two and a half stars for the film's comic value only. (The bear that shut Timmy up gets 5/5).
Beauty and the bearBy cerilewis (1 review) , 15 Nov 2012A thought provoking film that has at its centre the complex character of Tredwell. A typically robust treatment by Herzog that both beguiles and frustrates in equal measures. The footage of bear laden wilderness is stunning and Tredwell should receive credit here, however his suicidal mission to remove himself from his own personal challenges of human existence and to become a bear is sometimes difficult to witness - there is a certain kind of madness evident here. As you can tell this film has affected me enough to keep thinking about this unique and strange fellow and to offer these thoughts - I belive therefore that it must be worth 2 hours of your precious time.
A man having a mental breakdownBy Bassman71 (701 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 31 Oct 2012Werner Herzogs film about Timothy Treadwell or The Grizzly Man who dedicated his life in the wilderness to be with bears.
I have to say I was a little disappointed as Id heard it was a moving and touching film but I really couldnt warm to Treadwell at all and just found him a total nutjob and slightly seedy.
Rather than an insight into how bears live it becomes a man having a mental breakdown and slowly turning into the Leave Britney Alone character.
Theres some fascinating footage out of it though, getting up close and personal with the bears but I agree with the Native American who said that man and bear have their own territory and lines that shouldnt be crossed.
Terrible teddy bearsBy Ferry41 (229 reviews) from Oxford , 24 Jun 2012Werner Herzog is clear obsessed with obsessive people. Whether you enjoy this film or not depends a bit about how you feel about unhinged individuals with highly sentimentalised views about nature. This film covers Timothy Treadwell's love affair with grizzly bears. He treats them as huge furry teddy bears until it all goes horribly wrong...Well filmed, but I didn't find Treadwell interesting enough to deserve this much attention.
Crazy crazyBy MasonMini (1 review) , 07 Jun 2012Its actually crazy how crazy some people are. Good and interesting can get a little boring. Some people within the film think into to much detail in to what he does.