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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It s Not Just Nature but Human Nature Gone Awry

I think some of the reviewers here are missing the point. Herzog (a director whose works have typically explored ambition, madness and the fine line that separates insanity from genius)wants us to examine the motives and drives of Treadwell foremost, and the world of h...
I think some of the reviewers here are missing the point. Herzog (a director whose works have typically explored ambition, madness and the fine line that separates insanity from genius)wants us to examine the motives and drives of Treadwell foremost, and the world of his bears only secondarily. It is, as one reviewer suggested, akin to watching a "trainwreck"-- but Herzog raises important and insightful questions for those who can get beyond the offensive language and the maniacal rantings of Treadwell. We live in a culture that has, thanks to Disney and a slew of recent movies featuring "cute" animated inhabitants of the wild, romanticized and commercialized the forces of nature. "Grizzly Man" is a sobering counter-point that reminds us that nature can be harsh, chaotic, and cruel, often unfolding on its own terms, not ours. It also warns those of us who presume that we can readily mold nature to satisfy our deeply personal desires.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not a Documentary but a shock film.

What would motivate a film crew to focus on cheap shock value of the detailed description of the way the body parts looked like when found or the sounds of the screams as people are torn to bits by a bear? Why call it a documentary? There is no balanced measurement of ...
What would motivate a film crew to focus on cheap shock value of the detailed description of the way the body parts looked like when found or the sounds of the screams as people are torn to bits by a bear? Why call it a documentary? There is no balanced measurement of the value of his work against the failures of his work. The majority of focus is on the failures of his work and what it is like to see a man go crazy from isolation in the wilderness. The filmmakers interpret the meanings to his words for us instead of giving us credit to decide for ourselves. They criticize him for not being a good camera man and then they use only his film. There is a big empty whole where the artistic documentary about his WORK would have gone, that would have made the time spent watching this cheap thrill worthwhile. This is nothing more than a great Halloween tale. There was no time line of history or interviews to explain events or what he was referring to when he spoke. We are just supposed to guess what happened that day. The movie leaves much room for a fresh film maker to answer the questions unanswered by this horror film disguised as a documentary film. The trailer does not accurately reveil the focus of the film.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good documentary

    I'm not sure why many of the reviewers here have such low opinions of this film. Some even seem angry. I think this is one of the better documentaries out there. Werner Herzog is a thoughtful and intelligent narrator, and a genius film maker. Watching one of his documentaries and listening to his narration makes you feel like you have access to privileged information. This is a great film.

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