Cocaine Bear is Really Wild

Now on streaming, this brutal comedy is a shocking twist on real-life events


Christopher Ward, Staff Writer

Elizabeth Banks’ latest film “Cocaine Bear” is based on a genuine tale that occurred in the 1980s. The narrative centers on a black bear in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest who consumed a sizable quantity of cocaine that had been dropped from a drug smuggler’s aircraft. Local officials were alerted to the bear’s erratic conduct, which at the time was a media phenomenon.

Although the film has a strong ensemble, including Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the bear itself steals the show. The bear was brought to life by the producers using a combination of animatronics and computer graphics, and the effect is a remarkable fusion of reality and narrative.

In an interview with Collider, Banks talked about the challenges of bringing the story to the big screen: “It’s a crazy story, but it’s also a true story, and we really wanted to honor that. We had to find the right balance between the humor and the heart of the story, and I think we found it.”  Showing that the movie had to push the limits of drawing a line between comedy and realism.

The bear stumbles onto a party of campers and causes havoc on their campsite in one of the most iconic moments in the film. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Banks talked about filming the scene: “That was a really intense day on set. We had to make sure everyone was safe, but we also wanted to capture the chaos and fear that the bear would have caused. It was a real challenge, but I think it turned out great.”

The movie has received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Banks’ direction and the performances of the cast. In a review for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney wrote: “Banks has a real talent for balancing comedy and drama, and she brings a lot of heart to this wild and wacky story. The bear is a scene-stealer, of course, but the human characters are just as compelling.”  This displays that it wasn’t only a good movie for a normal person to watch, but great critics enjoyed it as well.

Overall, “Cocaine Bear” is a fun and entertaining movie that manages to tell a bizarre true story with humor and heart. As Banks said in an interview with Variety, “It’s a movie that will make you laugh, but also make you feel something. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re all trying to do as filmmakers.”