Book: The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters


English Book Title

The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Authors:

Abbie Bernstein

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English
Non-fiction
2019
Titan Books
176
9781789090680

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Pages 48-49 - Pages 94-95 - Pages 144-145

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Review

By: Chris Mirjahangir

As with most blockbuster films, a book covering the history of the film which also contains concept art and set photos and cast/crew interviews is released as sort of a “companion piece” to the film. This is the third book in the Monsterverse film series and outside of a few blemishes, it’s the best of the bunch.

Expertly written by author Abbie Bernstein, this book really brings you inside the film from pre-production to the final cut and it’s all in a cool “Monarch Files” style of layout. Beautiful concept art of the monsters is on every page, many of them worthy of being hung up on a wall. I really enjoyed reading what brought not only some of the most famous Toho monsters to the big Hollywood blockbuster screen, but the designs of the vehicles as well. I also noticed the section on King Ghidorah’s tooth which was a scene cut from the film. In the book, the scene with the tooth takes place in Boston yet when I did my set visit, I was told that the scene with the tooth took place in the Arctic. Also on pages 11 and 190, still frames/what looks like artwork from Godzilla: Final Wars in the forms of Gigan and Angurius have been inserted into the concept art. I don’t know if they were placeholder for the artist or I they’re intended Easter Eggs but seem them in there was kinda strange.

The book isn’t perfect however. For example, I’m not a fan of the cover. Godzilla’s neck is bent upward in a very unnatural position which looks like his neck is broken but at least the book doesn’t come with a slipcover this time - those always get in the way. It also would have been nice to have included sections dedicated to the Oxygen Destroyer and the new Titans instead of things like 4 pages dedicated to Mark Russell’s cabin. It’s omissions like this that make the book feel a tad incomplete.

All in all, this book is a must have for anyone interested in making films or if you’re a Godzilla fan - or both!