Love the Beast (2009)
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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.
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.
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.
While not everyone shares that same enthusiasm for automobiles, Mr. Bana's film unintentionally reminds us of Detroit's glory days when the big, gas-guzzling American muscle cars were the ultimate symbol of status and personal freedom.
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.
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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