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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 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

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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.

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | 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.

April 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.

March 19, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

October 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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