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YMMV: Grizzly Man

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Tim a devoted environmentalist who gave himself to a worthy cause, albeit to an extreme extent? A broken unhappy individual desperately clinging to the only meaningful thing in his life? Or a naive self-involved fool who crossed a line no one should and paid for his mistake with his and his girlfriend's life?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: David Letterman jokingly asking Treadwell if he isn't scared the bears will eventually eat him. Which, of course, they did. This interview was removed from the DVD release of the film because Tim's actual death made it seem like the audience was laughing at Treadwell's impending demise.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Treadwell once said he'd rather die than harm a bear to save his life.
  • Narm:
    • Timothy screaming at the sky, trying to make it rain.
    • The eccentric coroner's description of Timothy and Amie's last moments alternates between this and Nightmare Fuel.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Even if you believe those unarmed tourists evil poachers left the carved messages (some think they were made by Treadwell himself or his girlfriend), it takes a very high level of paranoia to consider "Hi Timothy Treadwell - See you next summer" and a freaking smiley face as death threats.
    • He also made several claims that he was a wanted man and that the park ranger helicopters that flew overhead periodically were meant for him. As is, the rangers didn't know he was out there at first and when they found out, they weren't exactly on a manhunt (although they were concerned about his safety and wanted to convince him to go home).
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Moral: Don't mess around with grizzly bears (or any wild animals you have no training to deal with, for that matter.)
  • Tear Jerker: Two people died in Real Life. They died horribly, and it was needless.
    • Watching Herzog listen to the tape is agonizing. Thank God they more than likely destroyed that tape.
      • The owner of the tape says she still owns it; she now keeps it in a bank safe-deposit box, however, and has never listened to it nor let anyone else listen to it since the documentary was made.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tim. Those bears? Not your friends.
    • Jewel explains at one point in the film that Tim was bipolar; this, coupled with the fact that he refused to take antidepressants or anti-anxiety prescriptionsnote , undoubtedly played a part in his poor judgment.
    • The park ranger says as much in his interview.
  • The Woobie:
    • Timothy, in the troubled, self-destructive Anti-Hero sense.
    • Amie also counts and is a much more unambiguous case since she was basically a victim of Timothy's volatile moods and poor judgment.


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