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Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok - The Art of the Movie Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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In my opinion, Thor: Ragnarok took a sharp but necessary turn away from the "noble" and "polished" atmosphere we're used to seeing from past Thor movies. In the book, director Taika Waititi goes into detail about his vision and explains some concepts behind the whole "cosmic space race, rock-opera, and heavy-metal version of Thor". It's fascinating to watch all this serious Norse mythology morph with a brightly colored cyber-punk theme.
The book is arranged in chronological order; from the start to end of the movie. Very very little screenshots of the movie itself. Mostly art, which I really appreciate. The book includes: concept art/costume designs for main characters and some sub characters like the scrappers and Hela's minions, footnotes explaining the overall idea and creation behind the image, weapons, spacecrafts, architecture, interior design, and beautiful two page spreads.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the creative process behind the movie and would definitely recommend this book to anyone considering in purchasing it.
First of all, the book spends a LOT of time on the costumes of the principal cast - Thor, Loki, Hela and Valkyrie all get many pages devoted to the evolution of their costumes. What inspiration was drawn from comics, how the story would have affected them, the character's personality, are all examined. The pages on Hela's headdress alone (and even Loki's) are worth the price of admission. Grandmaster and Hulk get a little less space, for obvious reasons, but still call back to the comics and how they were adapted from them. I never would have guessed how much effort went into Surtur's design, but the book clearly spells out the challenges of making him work on screen.
Moreover, since Waitiki intentionally based much of the visuals from the film on the work of Jack Kirby, that is examined in detail. Sakaar was a gold mine of creative opportunity as a world new to the MCU and it shows here. How it was designed, and how the characters would interact within it is all looked at in depth. The concept art throughout is gorgeous, and the text provides great context for the images and evolution of the film.
Overall, Ragnarok is another outstanding entry in the series. If you're a collector of the book, this is a great addition. But, it's also a good buy for fans of Thor. Highly recommended.
The book tells everything about the movie, i.e. cast, plot, locations, costumes, conceptual artwork, paintings, weapons, props, backstage information and so on.
The edition quality is very good, with a colorful box. A product that will really make Marvel fans happy, a must have.