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Movie Review: The Grizzly Man
The Grizzly man remains one of the most intriguing documentaries to have graced the
movie streets. It is the story of Timothy Treadwell who spends most of his adult life, taking care
of and protecting bears. The documentary contains snippets from more than 100 hours of video
shot by Treadwell during his last several summers with the bears (Noys, 2007). He talks about
his life with the bears and shows the audience how he communicates with them. The movie
shows a passionate man, one who is willing to sacrifice his life so that he can save the bears.
However, he is also ware of the tragedy that would happen if he made a wrong move. The
grizzlies would tear him down and end his life, just with one wrong move. In the documentary,
Treadwell names the bears with affectionate names, and he is seen to have devised a way to
protect himself from the bears. When a bear approaches him planning to launch an attack on
Treadwell, he stands tall and puffs his chest and tells the bear, “Don’t you do that (Noys, 2007).”
The communication that Treadwell has with the bears perhaps is the most intriguing part
of the movie. However, the beauty that he has enjoyed for years becomes his downfall, as he and
his girlfriend are mauled to death, but one of the bears they have befriended for so long. His
story is that of a passionate man, but with a very tragic ending. Perhaps this is nature’s way of
telling the audience to stick to their lanes and not be so...
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