• Robbie Newman

    ★★★★½ Watched by Robbie Newman 28 Jun, 2013

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (originally written in early 2014)

    Werner Herzog’s documentary about Timothy Treadwell, a man who left society to live among Grizzly bears in Alaska, approaches its subject with the right amount of compassion and understanding, where it would have been easy to slip into condescension or even parody. Even still, Herzog makes it clear that Treadwell critically misunderstood nature. It’s equally clear, however, how much Herzog admires Treadwell’s passion and sincerity.

    Grizzly Man, as a documentary, stands out due to its…


  • Christopher Haskell

    ★★★★★ Watched by Christopher Haskell 23 Jun, 2013

    Built from footage filmed by Timothy Treadwell while living with grizzly bears in the wild, Werner Herzog delivers a postmortem character study of man with a strange demeanor, but a kind and gentle heart towards the animal kingdom, especially with the bears and foxes that surrounded him. Including interviews with those who knew him best and narration by Herzog himself, "Grizzly Man" proves to be the first of its kind, opening up what would be the future of extreme survival…


  • C.R. Blazo

    ★★★★ Rewatched by C.R. Blazo 01 May, 2016

    An awesome biography of a man whose passion left him blind to danger. I respect the late Timothy Treadwell for his willingness and passion to try and protect the beasts he loved so much. I think a lot of the negative comments towards him were from people who were jealous of such a strong will and passion and people who think anything but people mean nothing to this world. I do think he became too comfortable around the bears and…


  • Milka

    ★★★★ Watched by Milka 27 Apr, 2016

    This was our screening in a queer representation class I'm taking during a week we discussed the relationship between queer theory and eco-criticism. After reading through the key literature for the week, I was most curious about the way Herzog would portray Treadwell, a man who I was not quite sure about after doing the readings.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the documentary, and I think the aspect I liked most about it was the fact that Herzog does not really…


  • Samuel Commander

    ★★★★ Watched by Samuel Commander 19 Apr, 2016

    "And what haunts me, is that in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature. To me, there is no such thing as a secret world of the bears. And this blank stare speaks only of a half-bored interest in food".


  • Paddy-Joe

    ★★★★ Watched by Paddy-Joe 21 Apr, 2016

    An engaging and moving documentary about a man who thought he could tame nature and learnt that hard way that he could not. Its not a film about bears instead its a film about what could make a man think that he could live with bears and if he was doing it to help them or to fill some void in his own life. What ever you feel about Timothy Treadwell you can't help but be interested in what drove him to do what he did.


  • Harry Brafman

    ★★★★ Added by Harry Brafman

    Very well made documentary that has the film making chops to back up it's extremely well subject matter.


  • Diego Beneton

    ★★★★★ Watched by Diego Beneton 19 Apr, 2016

    No ritmo de Na natureza selvagem e Livre, esse documentário mostra um carinha que morreu devorado por um urso em um parque do Alaska. O cara se encontrou espiritualmente no meio do mato, mas o final trágico serviu pra demonstrar o perigo desse tipo de fuga. As imagens são belíssimas e acho que a história foi bem contada, mostrando toda a vida do cara e como ele atuava. E tem muita natureza e bichos também, especialmente raposas (super fofinhas) e ursos (super brutais. A briga entre dois deles é assustadora). O cara era meio xarope, mas é impossível não simpatizar com ele. Gostei bastante.


  • Rkaul

    ★★★★ Added by Rkaul

    This documentary was certainly strange, but still entertaining and interesting to watch. Timothy the bear lover was such a strange man- it seems so weird that this actually occurred in real life. I cannot imagine any one of my friends to start going around living with in nature and trying to tame bears every summer. The director, Werner Herzog, often adds his interpretations and ideas for different events, which definitely adds to the documentary's charm. There was the sad irony…


  • mtv28

    ★★★★ Watched by mtv28 18 Apr, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This documentary of a documentary is one of the more fascinating ones I have seen before. I found that it was very well made and presents many different aspects of Treadwell's life in the woods while also showing the impact which he left on those he knew. I am glad that there was a mixture of Treadwell's own footage and Herzog's post interviews and commentary. The majority of the film was cheerful and witty, yet the times where it delved…


  • timoh

    ★★★½ Added by timoh

    Overall, this documentary was an interesting watch. This film is about the life of Timothy Treadwell, a bear enthusiast, who lived with grizzlies in Alaska during the summer months until that ended unfortunately from a bear attack in 2003. Because the documentary uses actual footage of Treadwell's personal interview and encounter with bears, it was especially interesting to listen to Treadwell talk about the beauty of bears, threat of poachers, and his views on life and death. But all of this was quite strange. Not because of how the film was made but because of Treadwell's unique personality that you'll understand as you watch the film.


  • Peter Gea

    ★★★★ Added by Peter Gea

    Once, late one night, I ran across a YouTube series about wilderness survival, as presented by a very eager 20-something-year-old. The first episode was titled something along the lines of "a wooden bow saw." Curious, I started watching it, only to find that step one was "make sure to carry a full-length saw blade on you when you go into the woods, just in case." I was disappointed, but I still watched the video all the way through, and by…