There's been a lot of talk amongst my friends recently about the documentary "Grizzly Man" by Werner Herzog. One thing we enjoy asking one another is, "Do you think that guy Timothy Treadwell maybe deserved to get eaten by a grizzly bear?" I know. I'm going to hell. One is not supposed to contemplate whether any human being deserves to be eaten by a grizzly bear, or any ferocious, man-eating animal. I hear you. But have you seen this film?
In the IMDB synopsis, "Grizzly Man" is described as a "A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska."
Hmmm. One heartrending part occurs when Treadwell, who has named all his wildlife friends, discovers that Mr. Fox has stolen his hat. What begins as a gentle game of chase between the two soon turns into a threatening competition between man and beast, with Treadwell shouting things like, "Mr. Fox! I swear to fucking God if you don't give me back my hat you'll be sorry!"
So, so sweet, he is. Don't get me wrong, the guy loves the animals and I know he never would've hurt Mr. Fox. He would have never hurt any of the bears, like Mr. Chocolate or Booble. He loved them, he really did and if you see the film there's just no doubt about this. Treadwell loved the bears so much that you kind of almost understand it when he spends, like, a really long time lambasting the US Government and all for not protecting the grizzlies. Oh, did I mention he's hanging out with these bears while camping at a bear sanctuary? Which was, you know, probably created by the government.
I don't know. In just writing this I feel bad. Questioning whether or not someone deserved to be eaten by a bear! Of course he didn't. Well. Watch it. You decide. You'll get a kick out of it no matter what you think. Especially entertaining is the song an airline pilot sings at the end of the documentary - a brillant move by Herzog. It's goes boooo-yooooo boooo-yooooo booooooooo. Booooo do boooooo yoooooo booooooo yoooooooo dooooooo.
You'll be singing it for days, believe me. Just remember that you're singing a song from a movie about a man who died because he was eaten by a grizzly bear when you start humming cheerfully, ok? It's hard. But try.