Love the Beast (2009)


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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jul 13, 2010
Madman Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Love the Beast

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Time Out
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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.

April 3, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 19, 2009
Top Critic

Unless you share Bana's worship of screeching tyres and throbbing engines then this is probably something you only really need to see on the small screen.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Daily Express

An indulgent but moving account of a decades-long love affair with his first car.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Empire Magazine

An innocuous if not entirely successful attempt to convince "non-car people" about the joys of loving a 1974 Ford Falcon XB coupe.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Times [UK]

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.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

A cool documentary about someone, who happens to be famous, who is clearly extremely passionate about something.

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.

Curtis Reynolds

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