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- Book: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters
- Author: David S. Cohen
- Foreward: Guillermo del Toro
- Publisher: Insight Editions
Book Review: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters
Making of and Art Book
By Kimberly McCall
July 11, 2013
The larger than life trailer for Pacific Rim in no way set it apart from every other summer blockbuster showing off its digital wingspan. What is drawing me to this film is the name, Guillermo del Toro. That name, to me, means a filmmaker with extraordinary creative talent and storytelling capabilities and, whether they be successful or flops, his projects always warrant a chance.
The fact that del Toro is an incredible artist is enough to make me giddy as I dove into Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters. This gorgeous 156 page hardcover art book from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is captivating right from the exciting, heartfelt forward by del Toro. What follows is a creative roller coaster filled with stunning concept art, photography, and even stickers!
Writer David S. Cohen skillfully takes readers through the artistic process of this huge robot/monster movie while allowing the art to do the talking and not being too wordy. We are introduced to not only the human characters of the film, but also every cyber element making up the giant, animatronic stars of the show.
There are clay models, lush watercolors of other worlds, and sketches of every alien beating heart, bone, and vein making up its anatomy. Del Toro explains his child-like excitement and wonder at being given all the budget and tools to run wild with his vast imagination. The detail and makeup of every fictional organism is something that was clearly rendered with the dedication and love of craft.
This book is a treat for not only movie art fans, but Guillermo del Toro admirers, as well. It is clear that he spared no brain cell to tell this story despite the deadlines and studio pressure. Even if the film bombs, it is, for del Toro, a project that had to be made on a personal level. I can honestly say that, no matter what I think of the film, itself, my love and respect for the director will continue and his name will always be a draw to the screen.