Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Abbie Bernstein

Published By
Titan Books

Genre
Movie Tie-In, Art

Synopsis

The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road is the official companion to the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic movie from Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. 

This gorgeous art book is packed with behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, prop and set design, along with many extraordinary examples of the unique aesthetic and creative vision of this historic franchise. 

From beginning to end, this book details the making of the film complete with story boards and character portraits, and comes with a wonderful introduction from the visionary director himself, George Miller.

Review

Titan Books have gotten a great reputation over the years for producing some great art books linked to some famous movies and television shows recently.  There have been some truly beautiful books with concept art for movies as varied as Elysium and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and loads more.

Here, Titan Books takes a look at the recent movie release of Mad Max: Fury Road that has literally taken the cinema by storm.  With the movie getting rave reviews across the board, a tie-in book was going to have to be absolutely brilliant in order to match that but have Titan Books managed to hit that mark?

Simply put, they've not only hit the mark but left it in their wake as well.

The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road is a book that doesn't leave a single stone alone.  Each and every aspect of the movie making process has been explored here in minute detail.  The great thing about this approach is that it would need a very good writer to make such a book able to be read with out getting bogged down in the details.  Here, Abbie Bernstein is that such writer.  Her passion for the movie really shines through and her almost lyrical writing style just flows off of the page.

My favourite part of the book is by far the concept art.  I've always been a bit of a sucker for a good book about concept art and this one has it in spades.  The stories behind the art and behind why certain bits were used and not used were very well thought out and well written.  In fact, it really gave an insight in to the creative teams mind as to why certain things worked on paper and not in real life.

The addition of an introduction by the director, George Miller, was a good touch too.  You really get the feeling of pride that Miller has for the movie itself and that's also something that is put forward in Bernstein's writing too, so the combination was very successful for me.

All in all, this is an absolutely brilliant book and, if I'm completely honest, one of the best tie-in books that has come from Titan Books.  Definitely one to pick up and read over and over again.

Presentation 8/10
Informative 9/10
Recommended 9/10
Overall 26/30