While the hit doc “The March of The Penguins” offers a mostly cutesy look at life for a community of Emperor Penguins in the wild, Werner Herzog‘s latest doc “Grizzly Man” takes a dark peek at one man’s obsessions and the dangers of nature.
Chatting about his film at Silver Docs this year, director Werner Herzog called the doc “The Bear Witch Project”. His new movie, which opened on Friday, is the well told story of Timothy Treadwell, a man so obsessed with native grizzly bears in the wild of Alaska that he spent thirteen summers living among them and documenting his experience. After Treadwell is attacked and eaten by one of his bear “friends,” Herzog assembles Treadwell’s footage into a compelling film, re-visiting the region and including interviews with the people who knew him. The rugged mountain setting of “Grizzly Man” is as beautiful as the icy snowscapes of “March of the Penguins”, but “Grizzly” is a far more compelling look at the natural world and its harsh realities…
It delivers a fascinating look at someone who might have made the sort of simplified “animals are cute” doc we see in “Penguins,” that is until the cuddly little bears turned on him and brutally killed him.
UPDATE: In weekend box office numbers, the Penguins remained a big summer hit, making an estimated $6.7 million on more than 2,000 screens, giving the film an incredible $37.6 million so far. Meanwhile the Bears had a solid opening, earning an estimated $265,000 on 29 screens for an average of more than $9k.