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Movie Review: Grizzly Man

Alternate Title: Where the Wild Things Are

Story: Environmental activist or self-aggrandizing showman? This fascinating, but at times, tedious documentary by Werner Herzog about grizzly bear self acclaimed protector, Timothy Treadwell, gives us much to chew upon (no pun intended since Treadwell and his girlfriend ended up as dinner for a very hungry grizzly in 2003).

Using Treadwell's own videotapes (he had over100 hours of his 13 summers with the bears) Herzog weaves a tale of a passionate, moody, driven man. Treadwell reinvented himself in the early '90's as the man who would 'protect and save' these majestic creatures. Over the years he appeared at schools to help educate kids about grizzlies, started a foundation, grizzlypeople.com, and appeared on David Letterman's show to eventually became a minor celebrity. His surfer looks and Peter Pan personality was easy on the eyes and ears.

If Treadwell and his girlfriend had not died in 2003 there would have been no need for a film. The deaths were recorded (but the lens cap was covered). Apparently the attack was sudden. Their bodies were discovered the next day.

Can your passion kill you? Was his passion real? Was he simply running away from an otherwise mediocre, failed life? Who can say? But as a film...it is good, though weird stuff.

Acting: Not applicable - but I did find the scenes with Treadwell many takes of his rants, pontifications and tirades fascinating footage.

Predilection: I like animals and documentaries.

Critters: Bears, foxes and salmon.

Food: Bears, foxes, salmon and Treadwell.

Visual Art: The Alaskan wilderness is luscious.

Theater Audience: Pretty crowded (mostly guys) for a Tuesday afternoon.

Squirm Scale: There is some very squirmy footage of bear fights.

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: As an avid conservationist I have very mixed feelings about a loner, whose motives are questionable, going out there and trying to bond with wild animals.

Big Screen or Rental: Either.

Length: Under two hours