You probably don't want to read this unless you've seen the film - which I don't recommend - so I'll lj-cut this. It's a rant, pure and simple - so please ignore.
Very, very strange. Werner Herzog took the footage shot by Timothy Treadwell during 13 summers that he "lived with the grizzlies" until he and the woman with him were killed by grizzlies. What a poor, sad man the "grizzly man" was. He wants to be "the man who saves the bears", and presents himself as such, but, really, his very being there is so wrong, and so... self-indulgent, so lacking in awareness of his effect on others - like, for example, the bears. Timothy feels the bears need him to "protect" them, when the very best thing that he could do for the bears is leave them alone! So sad. And I have to wonder (have I just been reading too much slash?!), if he's having troubles with his own sexuality. He keeps talking about his problems with women, how he's too nice around them - but "he's not gay"! Oh, no! *G* Sorry, kind of hard to see this guy with a blonde Prince Valiant haircut and a teddy bear, and that voice, and the way he talks to his little fox friend, and not think "gay". Poor confused guy.
I just hope that nobody takes this film the wrong way and follows what he's done! Leave the bears alone. Me? I've gone to photograph them, which is bad enough. But I try to have as little effect as possible, and I always respect their wildness. Sad... just so sad.
The eeriest part of the film? The night that Timothy and the woman with him were attacked, he turned on his camera (but the lens cover was on), which meant that all the sounds were recorded. Another woman that he worked with inherited the tape, and she lets Werner Herzog listen to it. We don't hear the tape; we just get Herzog's reaction. Which is to ask her to stop the tape finally, tell her never to listen to it, never to look at the photos of the remains - and destroy the tape. So that she's never tempted to listen to it. Now that - is chilling. I'm surprised that he was attacked in his tent, btw; grizzlies are actually very slow to attack, unless provoked, or lured in by food or food smells. But every animal is unique; one never knows how one will act.
Oh, lord, now they're showing his reactions to some people coming to photograph. The people are throwing rocks at an approaching bear, and Timothy is moaning and groaning - oh, how can you do that! Ummmm... they're throwing the rocks so that the bear will not approach, which is the right thing to do. They're not trying to hurt it; they're trying to scare it away. And - now he's getting all upset because somebody left a "hello Tim, see you in summer 2001" - and feels this is an attack. And somebody left a pile of rocks with a happy face. "Very frightening - it's a warning" - *LOL*! Give me a break! And now he's approaching a bear and touching it... which means that these bears will get acclimated to humans, and therefore less likely to be afraid of them - and more likely to be hurt by humans. Lord, this guy is scary. *shudders* I don't agree with Herzog that Timothy was angry at civilization, but more that he feels self-aggrandized by creating himself as the savior of the grizzlies.
Anyway, those are just my opinions. But I've probably seen more of and been closer to grizzlies than most of the people on my list.