BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 23, 2013
Built from Timothy Treadwell’s footage while living with grizzly bears in the wild, Werner Herzog delivers a postmortem character study of a 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 shows like “Man Vs. Wild”.
Treadwell came from nothing out of the ordinary and found purpose in giving a voice to the bears. Though several different interested parties contest his methods, Treadwell found solace with the bears and lived with them for over a decade. The candidness of the interviews and Treadwell’s footage makes this documentary so poignant and unforgettable, showcasing a man’s in the most genuine moments, with a deeper meaning pouring out of every shot selection rant delivered by Timothy. Herzog provides this in the most neutral ways, and every ounce of this film is an unmatched and unmatchable spectacle.
August 12, 2005