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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies Kindle Edition
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These aren’t maps in the usual sense. What Andrew DeGraff has done for each selected movie is to place his painted illustrations of the locations on the page and then draw colored lines within each location and from each location to the others to show the paths each major character follows in the movie’s plot. Sadly, it reminded me a little bit of those Family Circus cartoons that showed little Billy’s paths.
I could have overcome my lack of interest in this route map approach if I’d liked the artwork, but I don’t. The colors are muddy and indistinct. It can be hard to even figure out what’s going on in an illustration because of the colors used. If you’re considering buying this book, please check out the artwork first to be sure this will work for you.
A. D. Jameson’s essays accompanying each film are fine, but I really wanted to see a synergy between the maps and the text and since I didn’t like the maps that was never going to happen.
At the time of my writing this review, the product description doesn’t list all the movies covered in the book. Here they are:
The Wizard of Oz
North By Northwest
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Star Wars: A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Return of the Jedi
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Breakfast Club
Back to the Future
The Princess Bride
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Silence of the Lambs
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Shaun of the Dead
Guardians of the Galaxy
Mad Max: Fury Road
The text by A.D. Jameson is fine but often unrelated to the maps. For example, his text on Return of the Jedi focuses that movies flaws and has nothing to do with maps or atlases or the geography of Endor. The essays are often fine but not really worth getting the book just to read reviews of movies we've all seen hundreds of times already.
Overall, make sure you like DeGraff's art style before you buy this book. If you buy it, realize you're buying it more for his art than to get a functional set of maps from these movies.
The book is folio-sized; each chapter begins with the entire map, an explanatory essay interspersed with close-ups of various details, which is a good thing; the original art has had to be downsized so much even to be printed in a book this size that the individual settings would be too tiny to really study otherwise
I really like the concept. More than one of the maps had me doubting some of the research, but I think to keep them in a suitable size, certain things had to be cheated a little.
And don't let that put you off - it opens up movies, showing you things that you didnt know of movies you thought you knew inside out!
A wonderful coffee table book - will lead to many fun conversations. A really good book
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