Love the Beast(2009)
Documentary from Australian superstar Eric Bana (Chopper, Hulk, Star Trek) about his 25 year love affair with one car – his 1974 Ford GT Falcon Coupe named 'The Beast'. ... More
Filmed over two years, we follow Bana as he and some friends enter 'The Beast' in the grueling Targa Tasmania Rally. But tragedy strikes, and the man hell bent on conveying how much he loved his car had just destroyed it. From inside the race car to the surreal world of the red carpet, Eric faces this drama and seeks out guidance from personalities such as Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear), Jay Leno and Dr Phil.Hide
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Eric Bana Show, starring Eric Bana and directed by Eric Bana. It’s only appropriate to mention his name so many times straight off the bat because it nicely sums up what this movie is all about – Eric Bana. It’s unfortunate that the film turns into a bald faced vanity project – so awash in self-interest that it never gets out of first gear – since there’s a good story in here somewhere.... More
The connection between a man and his car is something rarely taken seriously in cinema and the treatment of the theme heads in the right direction. Bana’s Ford Falcon Coupe is treated as a flawed but loved machine, humanising the car and giving the emotional connection a sense of validity. Candid moments of friendship surrounding its modification also unearth moments of entertaining blokey humour.
But these seeds of an interesting yarn are buried under Bana’s desperate attempt to establish himself as a blue collar Aussie, unaffected by the trappings of fame and fortune acquired in Hollywood. Especially grating is the delivery of his voiceovers, which aim for misty-eyed and nostalgic, but instead come off as corny and over the top.
One for similarly dedicated rev heads and card-carrying Bana fans.Hide
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