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  • Author: Mark Cotta Vaz
  • Publisher: Insight Editions
  • Format: Hardcover, 156 pages
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Book Review: Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

No artistic stone is left...

By Kimberly McCall     May 23, 2014

Godzilla arrives on Blu-ray 9-16-14.
© Insight Editions

With our favorite city-destroying lizard turning 60 and starring in a new film, it is a good time to reflect on why we all love Godzilla (and movies, for that matter) so much.

Amidst all the overblown Hollywood nonsense, it is easy to get lost in all the publicity and special effects and forget about the art that is actual filmmaking. So, when a new art book shows up in the mail, I tend not to care whether it's for Gone with the Wind, Ghostbusters, or My Little Pony. These treasures mean someone took the time to draft the creative process and, whether you loved or hated the movie, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction does not disappoint. 


First of all, I felt very overwhelmed with the masses of information contained in these hardcovers. In his introduction, Gareth Edwards excitedly boasts about his personal love of film art books and how he would strive to not leave out ANY details for readers. This passion is beautifully brought to print by Mark Cotta Vaz , who is certainly no stranger to writing award winning books dedicated to movie making.


This book is loaded with cast and crew interviews, Godzilla history, filming locations, digital images galore, and (my ever favorite) concept art. If anything, it is refreshing to see just how much time and drawings went into the re-imagining of  a beloved old movie monster. Sketches upon paintings upon sculptures are all compiled before our eager eyes to enjoy as we read about every creative decision made. But don't worry, the information overload is broken up by stunning scenic paintings spanning multiple pages.  Also included is a wonderful fold-out spread of conceptual Godzilla designs.


In addition, I'm not sure I've seen a modern film art book that is also so dedicated to explaining the digital process. My personal dislike of CGI aside, I must admit that it is nice to read about a production crew that put so much heart into creating creatures, real AND digital. No artistic stone is left unturned here.


Overall, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. It honestly doesn't matter if you liked the film or not. Anyone who loves movie art books will want to add this one to the shelf. It's a little piece of movie history all on its own. You'll even discover a removable poster tucked away in the back. Enjoy.


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blankczech 5/23/2014 6:37:03 PM

Looks absolutely great, but I understand this is going to be a trilogy and I sort of wish they had waited and put everything in one tome.



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