The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box-office records as one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and its eagerly awaited sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is sure to do the same. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain Amer...

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  • Brandon St Mark

    Really liked this a lot! Like I said in my one update for this, I haven't seen the film yet, but I have read the spoilers (of course, I've said many times before that I purposefully spoil myself for things). I'm not sure how I feel about the spoilers, but I'm definitely not going to say anything either way until I actually see the film (either this Thursday or sometime after Chirstmas). Anyway, I think this was a really good choice to read before the movie because obiviously it isn't going to sp

    Really liked this a lot! Like I said in my one update for this, I haven't seen the film yet, but I have read the spoilers (of course, I've said many times before that I purposefully spoil myself for things). I'm not sure how I feel about the spoilers, but I'm definitely not going to say anything either way until I actually see the film (either this Thursday or sometime after Chirstmas). Anyway, I think this was a really good choice to read before the movie because obiviously it isn't going to spoil anything for me (since I've already done that), but it does maybe give a little... reasoning behind said spoilers. Plus I really love concept art, it inspires me a lot.

    Overall I like the "The Force Awakens" artbook more because it shows more of the "could've-been" versions the sequel trilogy, some of which i think would've been cooler if I'm being honest, but this still was very enjoyable and a cool look behind the scenes of the making of The Last Jedi.

  • Kelly K

    I'm glad they included events from Episode 7 (to prevent spoilers) in this one though honestly you should be watching the movie before reading the art book. I'm expecting that the art book for Episode 9 will then have things from The Last Jedi in it because there are some scenes I wanted so badly to be in this book so I could get a closer look but they weren't. Still, I loved taking a closer look at things and learning that a lot of things in this film were inspired by WWII machinery.

  • Seth Woodley

    This is filled with beautiful artwork and conceptual images from the making of the film. It features stunning visuals and interesting descriptions of the creative process. This is a fascinating work for any Star Wars fan.

  • Austin Martin

    I was listening to movie reviews on NPR this morning and I enjoyed hearing what others thought of this movie and how it compared to the other films. The concept art and design was so greatly thought out and after hearing the reviews about what is going to happen, I can't wait to see this movie! What I liked the most was hearing the process in what went into the design of the various landscapes, the costumes for the characters, and seeing all new creatures and places like the design of the starsh

    I was listening to movie reviews on NPR this morning and I enjoyed hearing what others thought of this movie and how it compared to the other films. The concept art and design was so greatly thought out and after hearing the reviews about what is going to happen, I can't wait to see this movie! What I liked the most was hearing the process in what went into the design of the various landscapes, the costumes for the characters, and seeing all new creatures and places like the design of the starships or the design of Snoke's guards. Great read to see new locations and events that will be happening in the movie. Cannot wait to see it!

  • Jim Kettner

    Well, this gem arrived underneath the tree X-Mas morning and in the past 48 hours I've devoured it cover to cover. I don't really know how I could begin to criticize this tome. Not only is it jam packed with gorgeous illustrations, character designs, and story boards, there are also oodles of easter eggs and insights into the creative process of making this film from producers, designers, and writer/director Rian Johnson.

    I know this movie has caused a stir amongst fans, but for my money, The La

    Well, this gem arrived underneath the tree X-Mas morning and in the past 48 hours I've devoured it cover to cover. I don't really know how I could begin to criticize this tome. Not only is it jam packed with gorgeous illustrations, character designs, and story boards, there are also oodles of easter eggs and insights into the creative process of making this film from producers, designers, and writer/director Rian Johnson.

    I know this movie has caused a stir amongst fans, but for my money, The Last Jedi has been my favorite Star Wars film since I saw Return of the Jedi in the theatre when I was five. It's the first film since eighty three that does an adequate job capturing the spirit of what I loved about star wars, putting the opera back in space opera with big ideas, a big canvas, and mythic storytelling. I really dug the film, and so the behind the scenes peek was especially great.

    I love seeing the evolution of certain characters and hints of whole sequences that were cut from the film. The essays and blurbs provide a great inside view of how the writer informs the illustrators and vice versa. Amazing how the shape of the story can be powerfully influenced by a painting that hits just the right chord to inspire the imagination. This sort of filmmaking just seems like such a fun collaborative process not unlike my experience working on a graphic novel...and so it was not so surprising at all to find beloved comic artists like Chris Weston and Jock among The Last Jedi art team.

    A must for everyone who left this movie feeling excited and inspired about the new places the Star Wars universe can go.

  • Sarah

    these books are perfect. tlj's edition is no exception.

  • Mark

    Following the same format as Szostak’s “The Art Of The Force Awakens” (and last years “Rogue One” by Josh Kushins), this takes the story of “The Last Jedi” from initial concepts (and also includes some spoiler moments from “The Force Awakens”) right through production. Lucasfilm and Abrams have this kind of thing down to a tee now and the book is beautifully designed, with plenty of artwork throughout which is essentially what you’re buying. Most of the imagery is astonishingly gorgeous and it’s

    Following the same format as Szostak’s “The Art Of The Force Awakens” (and last years “Rogue One” by Josh Kushins), this takes the story of “The Last Jedi” from initial concepts (and also includes some spoiler moments from “The Force Awakens”) right through production. Lucasfilm and Abrams have this kind of thing down to a tee now and the book is beautifully designed, with plenty of artwork throughout which is essentially what you’re buying. Most of the imagery is astonishingly gorgeous and it’s always interesting to follow the path of a design but this time around, some of the art seems to be rough computer renders (the art on the board covers looks like somebody was given five minutes to cut and paste it together) and that lets things down somewhat. What also lets it down is the workman-like writing of Szostak who is competent enough to convey the facts but has no sense of flair and his insistence on reminding the reader (Phil must assume we have goldfish-sized attention spans) of what a person does each and every chapter gets wearing - Rick Heinrichs, for example, is never just that, his first mention in a new chapter is “production designer Rick Heinrichs” - as does his hero worship of the “reaching out” Rick Carter. Interestingly, George Lucas levelled the complaint at “The Force Awakens” that it didn’t take enough chances and a lot of the designers here mention going back to the Ralph McQuarrie or using “seventies” lines and shapes. Buy it for the art and you’ll thoroughly enjoy, but just try not to take in too much of the writing.

  • Jonathan H.

    I love "art of" books and seeing the design process. The illustrations and sketches in this book are amazing and if you liked

    , you'll really enjoy flipping through this to see what various costumes and aliens and vehicles looked like as they were being designed.

    There's also a good amount of text that talks about the production of the film, which I found interesting particularly in knowing how much things overlapped with the making of

    and

    . However, the bo

    I love "art of" books and seeing the design process. The illustrations and sketches in this book are amazing and if you liked

    , you'll really enjoy flipping through this to see what various costumes and aliens and vehicles looked like as they were being designed.

    There's also a good amount of text that talks about the production of the film, which I found interesting particularly in knowing how much things overlapped with the making of

    and

    . However, the book is organized in a strange way: images are grouped into chapters, each with a title that refers to those images. But the text about the film's production are chronological, and often aren't related to the images and chapter title that accompany the text.

  • kerrycat

    of course this is incredible - not just visually, but the text explains the process, from conception to end, from writing to all of the details, that made this film come to life, as well as the timeline overlaps with TFA and RO (production-wise, which was a little tricky). how and why the director led this team to create something new while adhering to the original spirit of Lucas' ideals from the seventies - it's all here. an absolute pleasure to become absorbed in, and a must for all TLJ fans.

  • ♠ Tabi ♠

    I need this for, uh, research . . .


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