There are very few cinematic creations that have survived almost 70 years with constant reinvention that continue to appeal not only to it’s established audience, but that continue to find fans year after year. From it’s debut in 1954’s Gojira (Godzilla), the King of the Monsters has appeared in 35 films and in this summer’s latest incarnation, it’s reimagining has been chronicled in Titan Books’ The Art of Godzilla: The King of the Monsters.
Despite it’s title, however, author Abbie Bernstein doesn’t simply offer just a bunch of artwork.
The book is more of a making of, chronicling the evolution of the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse series following Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island.
Beyond the production and pre-visualization art, the book shines by including photography, extensive text on the film production, insight from key members of the production and most interestingly some explanation of the choices made while world-building the film.
Although the book does an excellent job highlighting the film’s four major kaiju (Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah), the book abruptly stops short of production without little follow through of production and post-production. A look at the marketing campaign would have also been appreciated.
Overall, The Art of Godzilla: King of The Monsters is truly a must have for both fans of the film and kaiju films in general. Despite my criticisms, it’s extremely well done with stunning artwork and interesting looks at the decisions made and roads not taken.