Book Review: Godzilla: The Art of Destruction


The Art and Making of Godzilla

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction is actually more a "art and making of" book that just solely an artbook.

Plenty of reading material on the movie production are included with the artworks. There are a few paragraphs of text every double-page spread. They are really insightful and talks about the different aspects of the filming process, writing the story, designing creatures and sets, and interesting bits about making the movie. The lengthy writeup really provides the book with depth.

The concept artworks included are fantastic as well. You'll get to see the different variations of Godzilla and creatures from different artists along with director Gareth Edwards comments on each design. It's interesting to see the design iterations. There are different skin, texture, scales and postures for the giant star of the movie.

The rest of the artworks are scene paintings of story beats. Those are big, beautiful and detailed paintings with very cinematic look and feel. They really nailed the lighting, camera angles and atmosphere. Other visuals included are photographs shot behind the scenes while filming.

Lastly, it includes a fold-out movie poster of soldiers diving from the sky with red smoke and Godzilla's huge scales in view.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of content packed into the book. The art is great and the writeup provides a nice overview on how the film is made.

Highly recommended.

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

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