A Response to “Grizzly Man”

Now the title speaks for itself, but was the movie really about Timothy Treadwell’s focus on his love for grizzly bears? I mean of course we are lucky to see amazing jawdropping footage of animals right up in the face of his camera, but is his summer trip an invasion of one’s habitat? These are two questions that I had written down in my notes and tried to develop an opinion for each.

Personally, the documentary was focused a lot on Timothy Treadwell’s struggles and how he used bears almost as an escape to his troubled reality. This is what sort of shies away from the bears and it almost seems as if the title of “Grizzly Man” is irrelevant. Before I had even viewed this documentary I thought that the focus on the bears were going to be specifically about say “Mr. Chocolate”. Towards the end when Timothy had really showed signs of isolation by ranting about how he helps the world so much but receives no credit kind of took away from the documentary as he swore about ideas that just didn’t really make any sense or seem to have any thought in them. Although, there were times where some of the amazing footage made up for the biography of Treadwell, such as the multiple scenes were his camera would be face to face with a bear just sniffing him. But being too close to these predators we must ponder the question: are the bears natural habitats being invaded by human life? And the answer is yes, although there are some benefits to Timothy Treadwell’s work. By Timothy evading Park Rangers from leaving the site, he was invading the habitats of bears by coming in contact with them, and not staying at least 60 feet away. The documentary gives a negative light to Timothy though as we see him complain about no one taking his work seriously, although the director sites many times where Treadwell had “lost it” or the explanations from close ones about his past. Overall the documentary was a great look into the life of bears, but contained a lot of biographical information that took away from the true essence of what I believed were supposed to be the most important part of the documentary, the grizzly bears.

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