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Review | Discovering Bigfoot

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Discovering Bigfoot

Director Todd Standing
Writer Todd Standing
Rating Teen
Release Date December 15, 2017

What’s this?

Do you believe in Bigfoot?

That’s the question you should ask yourself before watching documentary Discovering Bigfoot. If you believe in the Sasquatch species then you will enjoy this home-made looking documentary. If you do not believe in the giant, simian-like creature then this documentary will not bring you further forward to believing in the American folklore. You are more likely to laugh, mock and shake your head in disbelief.

Oh, here we go..

Okay, I will drop the sarcasm momentarily. Filmmaker and researcher Todd Standing goes on day and night trails through the forests of the Pacific Northwest to prove Bigfoot’s existence. Many have tried and failed. Todd makes it known to the audience that the people he has cooperated with have gained PhDs and respect in their respective fields. In fact, he spends the first five minutes of this documentary narrating over environments whilst going down rivers and reliving his days when he was in scouts.

Did he prove that Bigfoot exists?

Despite the amateurish production of this documentary, there is an effort from Todd to try and sway our opinion. There are moments where he tries to prove that his apples have been stolen… by a Bigfoot. He even brings out a sceptic, who he uncomfortably puts pressure on to try and bring him on his side. The sceptic is a professor so he is understandably polite, but does not want to endorse the research of Bigfoot. That’s obvious. Discovering Bigfoot is a fanboy’s documentary made by a fanboy.

That’s a little harsh?

As part of the build-up to the release of Discovering Bigfoot the tagline was “you will feel the fear”. Promotional materials also told you to expect a “terrifying altercation”. You get neither of these. You see an altercation. One where his camera drops and you do not see anything – he claims a bigfoot hit him over his head with a log. There is also footage where he zooms into multiple faces that look like Bigfoot.

Oh, so he does find the species in Discovering Bigfoot?

Apparently so. Apparently, after years of nobody managing to prove their existence, after years of believers claiming they are intelligent and adaptive creatures, Todd manages to zoom in on multiple faces in broad daylight. I mean, by definition if they are as big as people say, you should be able to anyway.

So you do not believe in Todd Standing’s findings?

No. I mean bless his little soul. There is no way I could have taken this documentary seriously. Watching him try and prove that dead trees were smashed down by Bigfoot was amusing at first but then felt slightly immature.

The problem is, the entire documentary is in the wild. The noises, the coincidences, the footprints, the stolen apples and the broken dead trees; this happens in the wild, doesn’t it? He never considers once that the experiences he is having could be another animal. This is a man living out a fantasy that he believes.

What if he is right?

If he was right then surely his research would secure better funding for a better documentary. Surely this Discovering Bigfoot would have been a pretty big deal before release.

Recommend?

You will feel the fear.

Only joking.

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Discovering Bigfoot

Discovering Bigfoot
1.6

Plot

2.0 /10

Writing

2.0 /10

Direction

1.0 /10

Performances

2.0 /10

Production

1.0 /10

Pros

  • Entertaining but not in a good way.

Cons

  • It's just awful
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8 comments on “Review | Discovering Bigfoot

  1. I couldn’t agree more. This is sooo phony! Fun to watch tho. Editing, as you said.. I really enjoy watching some bits of it over again.

  2. I try to believe in Bigfoot. But this documentary is just for a good laugh. Everytime he claims he is near a bigfoot his battery is suddenly dead, he is hit by a log thrown by a bigfoot or he knocks his own light out. His collegae did a great job picking those Apple’s by the way. At least 20 minutes are spend looking at snapped trees. And the footage is all human. Such a waste of time to watch. No evidence at all.

  3. Given he is so convinced that there are Bigfoots in to he area, I could only wonder why he couldn’t put up a few trail cameras takin the apples. That would have gone a lot better convincing me.

  4. Couldn’t agree more. I was so excited to watch this but now I think as this guy spent a decade in the search for BigFoot, I bet he can FEEL them at home too!

    • You people (commentors)obviously don’t know anything about the Bigfoot world. I believe in Todd,he’s the real deal.

      • Well I tried to learn about it by watching his docu. And hoped he would have some strong footage or at least logical explanations. I want to believe it you know, but the only thing this docu is proving is that people that believe in bigfoot are losing reality and see bigfoot in every snapped tree.

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  6. I actually did more research after Watching this… Like lots more. I think people need to do their own research before they blankly deny anything on this subject matter. Now I’m more intrigued than ever. Not a documentary maker for sure….. But looked at the credentials of all the people involved and now I’m actually looking at this more in depth than the doc actually lead me to. Neither of the PhD’s are skeptics, they’re full on believers, in fact Dr meldrum had more evidence and reasonable confirmable knowledge than the doc shows. Gonna look more. No matter what, it was interesting, and I’m glad I’m not as judgemental without the full info as some. A great mystery is always gonna be a great mystery, and we shouldn’t ever wish the end to possible wonders on our planet, we should never be so arrogant as to think humans are the be all and end all. We’re not.

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