House Cat's Movie Reviews: Grizzly Man
This is a new feature that I can't promise I will do regularly or even often, but I wanted to share my thoughts of this movie with you. Grizzly Man is a documentary about a guy named Timothy Treadwell who went to Alaska every summer for 13 years to live with Grizzly bears. He thought of himself as a protector of the bears and pretty much wanted to be a bear himself. For the last 5 years he was there, Treadwell brought along a camera and got some incredible, up-close footage of him interacting with the bears and other wildlife. The irony of the whole thing is that Treadwell and his girlfriend got eaten by a pissed off Grizzly at the end his last summer. Oops!
The movie starts off talking about Treadwell's mission, to protect the bears in the summer and to teach about them for free in the offseason. In the beginning it portrays him as somewhat sane and noble, but as the movie goes on it starts showing you what a crazy fuck he was. The guy was an alcoholic who stopped drinking because of the bears or for the bears or something. Oh good, so he's stable (personally, I think he was still on drugs). He claimed that he wasn't in it for the money or fame, only for the love of the bears, yet took take after take of himself talking to the camera. That's not vain! He said that he'd rather be gay than straight (which was questionable at best) because, according to him, is so much easier for gay guys to go to a truck stop to get a piece than it is for a straight guy to seduce a woman. Sounds like Helmet. He wondered to the camera why women didn't want him. Hmmm, maybe because you go live with fucking Grizzlies for months at a time you crazy fuck. He cried whenever he would come across a dead animal. "Why? Why? It's not fair." Yeah it is; it's nature you wacko sonofabitch.
The best is when he went off on God, Allah, and "that Hindu floaty thing" for a drought that caused a famine among the bears, then professed to be their humble servant when it rained the next day. Or when he started painting his face and spying on poachers. Or when he just completely lost his shit on camera and starting screaming profanities at the Park Service. It became fairly obvious that Treadwell was such a fuck up that he just couldn't fit into human society so he went to live with the bears because it was the only place he could fit in. What I want to know is how did he first start living with the bears? It's not something you just do on a whim. At least not for a sane person.
As for the film making, I'm going to have to say it was subpar. It was directed and narrated by some German guy who tried to overdramatize the whole thing. It seemed like Treadwell's former friends and the coroner were coached in their statements. It was almost like they were acting or performing a dramatic reading rather than earnestly commenting on what they thought of Treadwell and the whole situation. Even though it sucked this way, you really can't fuck up a documentary that had the footage Treadwell provided. He had up-close interactions with Grizzlies who came right up to him while he held the camera. He also had great footage of families of foxes that he befriended during his summers there. There was some really great spontaneous footage involving all the animals. Made me kind of want a better relationship with the critters here at the Ranch.
All in all I thought it was really interesting and a pretty good watch. I'd recommend it to anyone, from the guy who likes real footage of wild animals to the guy who just likes to watch crazy people in action. I'll give it 2.5 paws (out of 4).