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Millions of viewers are familiar with Aussie actor Eric Bana from his Hollywood blockbuster work, notably in Black Hawk Down (2001), Hulk (2003) and Munich (2005). Bana steps away from fiction and doubles as director-and-star with this unusual and highly personal outing, a documentary concerning the thespian's deep-seated love of his classic sports car. Nicknamed "The Beast," the vehicle in question is a Ford GT Falcon Coupe that Bana received secondhand from his father and has rebuilt on multiple occasions. The film explores Bana's ongoing, 25-year+ love affair with the auto, finds him discussing the nature of this relationship with celebrity psychoanalyst Dr. Phil McGraw, and documents racing in the famous 5-day Targa Tasmania Rally. Jay Leno also turns up and offers a tour of his massive collection of classic cars. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
In 'Love the Beast' two things are going on; 1) Eric Bana is learning how to make a film 2) Eric Bana is trying to be a racing driver. He doesn't really do a brilliant job at either. This feels like a real sickly buddy movie but without the buddy, or at least the buddy is a 1974 Ford Falcon coupe (A big red car). An anti-climax then when the buddy dies and Bana doesn't seem to give a toss, but then no one can stand up against the biggest display of egotism I've ever seen on screen, that and all the pointless interviews and moody shots of Bana 'Concentrating' make this a film that could have easily just have been a fairly decent 30 minute TV documentary. Not all of it is bad, it's nice to listen to passionate people, no matter what their passion and even though I'm not a 'Petrol-head', I quite like cars, American Muscle cars in particular, which helped, but in the end you know a film isn't up to much when Jeremy Clarkson pops up at the end and basically says 'This is a stupid film, based on a stupid idea, you (Bana) are stupid'. Quiet frankly you know a film isn't up to much when Jeremy Clarkson pops full stop! Although it is a good indication that this is actually a Top Gear production, so if that is your cup of tea and you are open-minded enough to watch a different ego act like a five year old instead of the usual three (Clarkson, May, Hammond) then this film is for you!
Bana makes a film about himself - a brave move for a directorial debut. Luckily he's quite an interesting person, as is the subject: his 25 year love affair with his car. The chats with Clarkson and Leno are great but the interest wanes around the middle and there's a sag before the finish. Definitely one for car enthusiasts (who know what "leaf springs" are) and Bana fans.
Interesting documentary by Australian actor Eric Bana about himself and his love for the 1974 Ford Falcon coupe he acquired as a teenager that he and his mates have rebuilt numerous times over the years in the garage of the suburban Melbourne home he grew up in. The documentary narrated by Bana goes back and shows pictures and home movies of his childhood up to the mid 90's when he and his mates entered the Ford in the Targa Tasmania road race. After achieving fame as a movie star over the years and indulging in professional auto racing, he decided to rebuild the Ford Falcon one more time and once again race in the Targa Tasmania a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed this film and would have given it five stars but Jay Leno & Dr. Phil McGraw appearing in interviews with Bana really soured the pace and enjoyability of the film for me.
Part bio-pic and part car movie about Eric Banna. Banna has some serious man love for his Falcon XB Coup, an old muscle car popular in Austrialia due to Mad Max. He starts to enter rally races with his childhood car, and some of the racing sceens are great. We also get a little insight into Eric Banna's life. Its a good movie for car people.