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November 2, 2005

Grizzly Man

Here’s another reason I put absolutely no faith in Rottentomatoes.com, besides it’s deceiving ranking system which celebrates mediocrity. This movie is absolute utter garbage and it has an approval rating of 93%.

I went into this movie expecting a documentary about a man (maybe a little crazy) who goes and lives with bears and ultimately is killed by them. What I got instead was a washed up, never-was California man-boy who wishes he was gay and who has completely fried his brain on either alcohol and/or drugs out in the wild being too close to animals he shouldn’t be.

Timothy Treadwell comes across as someone who is very passionate about something but hasn't taken the time to do any research and isn't articulate enough to present what he's seeing to compel you to follow along. Seduced by the camera he's is even less convincing with his sincerity and the whole thing plays like a fame seeking exercise.

Werner Herzog is the director and narrator and in both efforts he fails miserably. As a narrator his accent is too thick and his pacing is terrible. Often times he moves from narration to commenting which seems totally inappropriate in this documentary style film. It also comes across as very weak backing up what he's showing you with his opinion. Why not let your film speak for itself?

Then there’s the direction, using Treadwell footage he weaves together the taping of a vain mad man who knows little about anything into an outright mess. Scenes go on for way too long and points that have been previously established are revisited. It’s just poor storytelling. Interviews with friends and authorities come off as terribly staged or acted out and rob the scenes of any sincerity there is.

At every attempt this movie tries to be, it fails.

Here are some clips of the movie

Posted by hypnobee at November 2, 2005 1:26 PM


This will teach you to choose to watch shit movies that no one ever heard of. Get a clue next time and watch good previews first. I loathe you for watching this movie! I hope your website meets the same end as this movie and flops! All hail me! (I had nothing substantial to provide as feedback so I went off on a random rant. I hope you appreciate it.)

Posted by: Bacala at November 3, 2005 9:45 AM

C'mon. It sounds like a great idea for a documentary, man goes to live with bears, bears eat man. How could you go wrong?

I didn't see a preview but I read reviews and apparently 93% don't know garbage when they see it. Stupid people.

Also if my site turns on me and devours me, I guess you can now tell everyone, "I warned him"

Posted by: hypnobee at November 3, 2005 9:57 AM

Your site is going to do what to who now?

Posted by: Canada Rules at November 4, 2005 8:34 AM