Love the Beast

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Documentary that details actor Eric Bana's 25-year love affair with his car, a 1974 Ford Falcon coupe, as he explores the importance of friends and hobbies.

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  • Bana exudes downhome blokeyness throughout, but an hour of this will be enough for most, after which egomania fatigue sets in. Add another star if you're a petrolhead, two if you really like Eric Bana and cars, three if you're his mum.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bana may not be a star exactly swaddled in charisma, but what mystique he did have is disassembled as comprehensively as that coupe's innards.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bana's easygoing manner and a lingering sense of nostalgia build a mellow mood overall, while shrewd editing by Conor O'Neill and a rocking Aussie soundtrack pump up the volume on the race sequences.

    Apr 3, 2009
  • Bana packs plenty of visual grunt for revhead auds, but his misty-eyed narration and awkwardly staged probing of man-car love with an Oz TV psychologist veer close to vanity-project potholes.

    Mar 19, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Love The Beast has the mellow glow of affectionate nostalgia for the kind of solid construction and steadfast mateship increasingly hard to come by in these prefab times.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • More than anything, Love the Beast testifies to Bana's need to be liked. As an onscreen presence he exerts visible control over every scene, while as a director he largely avoids tackling painful material head on.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love the Beast

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.

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