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Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen Paperback – November 28, 2011
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"Mutant Cinema" explores the trilogy from inception, to filming, right down to the nitty gritty of what was taken from where, and where they deviated. Yep, he watches way too much X Men....
Really though, the book is a fascinating look at the origins of the X Men, and the circuitous path to the silver screen. Any professional who has taken a property to the movies knows the drill. Write the story, wait, watch for the changes, and then sigh when someone else rewrites it for better or for worse. In the case of the X Men, that happened too, but the process was more comic book literate and this book compares and contrasts the individual scenes. It is interesting from a comic book historian/x `geek' viewpoint to read how and why there are deviations. More significant, it is a study of why good comics do make good films when you strike the same chord and audience that the source material has.
There are a few illustrations, primarily b/w covers, and interesting sidebars on film contributors. With a book of this style, the only way it could have been better is the use of actual film stills and movie posters in color.
Published by Sequart Research and Literacy Organization, this is just one of their killer titles. Serious comic readers should take note.
The book boils down to this:
A Brief Description of Scene (e.g. Act 1, Scene 1), then a (sometimes meaty) Discussion of the Comics that Scene Came From. Repeat with Next Scene.
So, if you want to read a book about the AWESOME comics that led to the film, check this out.
Did you see them and hate them all?
Either way this book is an enthralling tour of all the films and elucidates the things that made the movies great, as well as more than a few things that just didn't work. I know this sounds hyperbolic, but this book really did change how I watch the movies now. Great book! Quick Read.