"... affectionately express[es] the potent allure that classic muscle cars had, and continue to have, on the male imagination and heart." - Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
What if you were a Hollywood movie star with an obsession for cars and racing? You would probably read every script with even the tiniest link to the subject matter in the hope that you could tell a great car story of the likes of GRAND PRIX. Then, one day, you happened to open your garage door and sitting there, right in front of you, was the film you had been searching for. This is what happened to Eric Bana and this time around, the co-star is his very own Ford GT Falcon Coupe, the "Beast." Eric realized the story was in fact, about him, his first car, a lifetime of ownership and a lifetime of friendship. He set about documenting his own twenty-five year long love story. A simple tale of one man's ongoing relationship with his very first car. After years of precious restoration, Eric and his three closest friends decided to enter the car into one of the most grueling and dangerous motor races that exists: the Targa Tasmania Rally. This would be a personal Everest for both man and machine until, on day four of the race, tragedy strikes. The man who was hell bent on trying to convey how much he and those around him loved the "Beast" had just destroyed it. Eric has now unwillingly cast himself in his own real life drama. We follow him from inside the race car to the surreal world of the red carpet. This compelling true story follows Eric's progression as a car lover and as a person conflicted by what he has done. The personal and social pressures mount up in the face of rebuilding a car that means so much to him. Along the way, Eric seeks guidance and wisdom from not only the inner sanctum of his three life long friends but also Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson and Dr. Phil.
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A bit uneven at times but an enjoyable little poem to the relationship between man and car. I interviewed Eric Bana once and he comes off in this documentary the way he did in person: accesible, friendly and straight forward. We have all had 'relationships' with at least one of our cars and if you ever have--you will be surprised at the analysis and insight offered by Dr. Phil , Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson.
I love it.
Banna is likeable. The ark of the story is well presented from childhood dream to adult realisation.