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? A naive self-involved fool who crossed a line no one should and paid for his mistake with his and his girlfriend's life? A little of all of the above?
  • "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.
    • This FoxTrot comic strip.
  • 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.
    • Treadwell primping for the camera and asking how his hair looked.
    • The bear fight that ended with one of them taking a dump mid-attack.
  • Misblamed: Treadwell is frequently held up as a reckless idiot whose insistence on treating bears the way he did led him to an inevitable, gruesome death. While he certainly made his share of mistakes in the wild, none of the bears he interacted with during the summer attacked him, and he was not killed while filming a bear at close range. He and Amie were attacked in the rain, in their tent, by a rogue bear desperate for food. On the other hand, he was not supposed to be there that late in the season for that precise reason (any other bears would already be hibernating) and had no defences, even basic repellent, around his camp.
  • Narm Charm: Treadwell's friend Willy Fulton flying his plane and singing along to "Coyotes", changing the last line to "And Treadwell is gone." It's silly, but the sincerity is undeniable, and it serves as a reminder that whatever your stance on Treadwell's behavior might be, he was a whole lot of something. The world lost a rare human being, warts and all.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Even if you believe those "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. 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.
    • The Don Edwards song "Coyotes" playing towards the end.
    Well he cursed all the roads and the oil men,
    And he cursed the automobile,
    Said this is no place for an hombre like I am,
    In this new world of asphalt and steel.
  • What An Idiot: Treadwell's fixation on grizzly bears and his behavior in general. The only surprising thing about his demise was that it didn't happen much sooner. Of course, Treadwell almost certainly wasn't in the best of mental health, so the outcome is really sad and not particularly funny or satisfying.