Once upon a time, there was an odd man who decided that he was going to camp with the grizzly bears in Alaska for months at a time. He did this for thirteen summers until the last summer, he was attacked and killed by a grizzly bear. There’s irony in there, I’m sure of it.
This documentary follows the experiences of Timothy Treadwell, who may have had a screw loose or something. I mean, they’re freaking grizzly bears. Besides that though, this offers a really intimate look into Treadwell’s life with the said grizzly bears. Very captivating and sometimes surreal. And then there’s those moments where the calm, seemingly passive bear-hugger breaks out the obscenities. Actually those moments were the most disturbing because they created such a juxtaposition of his character. Example “Hello Mr Fox. I love you Mr Fox. GIVE ME THE FUCKING HAT BACK!” Yeaaah.
There were some moments of eerie foreshadowing as Treadwell spoke about how he wouldn’t die at the hands of a bear and how he figured out how to live amongst them. Gave me chills. the only issue I had with this film was that some of the non-footage scenes seemed over dramatic and not so much raw documentary.
And then there was the bear poop scene, which was unintentionally funny and disturbing and disgusting all at the same time.
And now I leave you with my favorite line from the film – “This will be the motherfucker!”