Book Review: Art of X2: The Making of the Blockbuster Movie

Art of X2: The Making of the Blockbuster Movie

This book is somewhere between "art of" and "making of".

The book starts off looking back at the success of the first X-men movie, and the new challenges and changes to the production. Included is also a very brief story on how Bryan Singer got started in filming, from his schooling days. This book is slightly lacking in depth because all these interesting information are limited to the first few pages.

There are lots of movie stills, storyboards and concept art. Captions are included and there are quotes from the actors who play the individual X-men. The captions tell the obvious and would do better to explain the concept behind the designs as well. Character designs for the X-men comes with a few concept sketches and movie stills. Also included are designs for the X-Mansion and Plastic prison, X-Jet and Stryker's base. The storyboards are on scenes for Nightcrawler's opening sequence, Magneto's escape and X-jet attack.

The book has great page design with the pictures. The author could really use more art to replace the movie stills, but it's really minor as the stills look pretty good. But isn't this suppose to be an art book?

Overall, it's still a very entertaining book to read for fans of the movie.

The Art of X2: The Making of the Blockbuster Movie (X2: X-Men United) is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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