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Godzilla: The Art Of Destruction Book Review

Godzilla- The Art of Destruction Book

“Godzilla: The Art of Destruction” is a comprehensive guide to the production of the 2014 film.

As I write this review, “Godzilla” (2014) is currently my favorite film of the year. As a lifelong giant monster movie fan, the film was everything I could have hoped for and more. I’m not exaggerating when I say I could write a term paper on it, but I’m not here to discuss the movie today. Instead, I’m here to tell you about about the new Insight Editions book “Godzilla: The Art of Destruction.”

Written by Mark Cotta Vaz, this glossy hardcover book details the gargantuan undertaking that was the production of this franchise reboot. While there are a few odds and ends such as a small poster in an envelope at the back of the book and a charming intro by director Gareth Edwards about his love of “Art of” books, ‘Destruction’ primarily details Godzilla’s journey back to the big screen courtesy of Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards.

As expected, there is a Kaiju sized amount of pre-production material here such as dazzling concept art, film stills, maquettes, behind-the-scenes photos, brainstormed story ideas, MUTO character designs, and, best of all, various Godzilla designs by different artists. Some of them don’t work, some of them would have been ideal, some look more like dinosaurs, some look more like the classic Godzilla designs, and some look entirely brand new. Regardless of what one prefers, it’s an absolute treat to get a glimpse at what was being tossed around. Seeing many of these designs via massive foldout is simply icing on the cake for Godzilla enthusiasts across the globe.

Along with the pre-production aspects, the book also explores the previz process, the sound design (which deserves an Academy Award in my opinion), the CGI work, the editing, the green screen work, the lighting, the Military involvement, the film’s authenticity, and yes, even the San Diego Comic Con presentations.

If that’s not enough material for you, readers also get a real glimpse into the film’s creation via stories (and quotes) about the storyboards, key sequences, the MASSIVE sets, the cast and characters, and the on screen destruction production design.

While many “Art of” books are heavy on images and light on words, “Godzilla: The Art of Destruction” is heavy on images and loaded with text. Whether you want to read and see images of cut scenes (such as the Godzilla and MUTO fight at sea) or want to get more in depth information about the MUTO and Godzilla’s history, it’s all here. I could go on about what else you will find in these pages, but I don’t want to spoil the fun. It’s the type of book a Godzilla fan needs to experience for him or her self. Just be sure you see the film first as this book spoils just about everything.

Overall Thoughts: If you love Godzilla, you will love “Godzilla: The Art of Destruction.” Not only does it contain a wealth of information, but it’s loaded with enticing imagery that will make Gojira fans do a Godzilla in “Invasion of Astro-Monster” level dance.

July 6, 2014 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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