WONDER WOMAN - THE ART AND MAKING OF THE FILM

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Wonder Woman Movie Regardless of your gender, your race, or your status in society, when you look at a woman, what do you actually see? Do you see a mother? A daughter? A sister? Or a wife? Or do you see the epitome of femininity who gradually gave birth to humankind? Either way, I personally see all of these things and much, much more. Although, that said, within recent months, whenever someone says the word 'woman', I can't help but think of only one person. That person obviously being Wonder Woman herself.


Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film


Setting the silver screen ablaze this June, Wonder Woman, the film, the lady, and the popular comic book character, has proven once and for all that female driven comic book movies can be a bankable commodity. The story essentially takes place during World War One and focuses on Diana's trials and tribulations, especially when she leaves home and makes her way into 'mans world'. Eventually she learns from her experiences, and, in turn, her experiences also learn from her, both about being a caring person and what it takes to do the right thing. Want to know more? Then I suggest you watch the movie and pick up the following book, published by Titan.


Publisher: Titan Books
Price: £29.99
Format: Hardback with Dustjacket
Page Count: 192
Size: 302x273mm
Age Range: Five and over
Synopsis: Written by Sharon Gosling, 'Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film' is a over-sized 192 page hardback reference book based on the popular movie. Cleverly it's organised so each chapter is focused on a specific aspect of the production or the plot, which includes an introduction, character profiles, information on the numerous film locations, behind-the-scenes trivia, and of course, the overall lowdown on the titular character. For what it's worth, after the following video clip are my opinions on what I thought about the book.




Gal and Patty on Wonder Woman
Pros:
  • Class. Overall this book is pure class, through and through, and I say this because its designed in a very lavish and glossy fashion, complimented with cinematic visuals, a logical structure, and text that's easy to read and enjoyable to follow.
  • As the title suggests, the majority of this book is firmly focused towards the making of the new Wonder Woman film. It's jam-packed with photographs, concept art, designs, and factual knowledge as to what the actors and the crew got up to behind the scenes. So, if this is the type of thing you love reading, hands down, you're going to love reading this book. I personally like to think of it as a great reference book relating to what visually and practically went down while it was being made, and I especially liked the professorial captions that went along with each chapter. I mean, did you know, the best power a person can possess is the power of love? Someone must have been a big fan of 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood'.
  • The forward, written by Patty Jenkins, is a great addition to the book because it illustrates her passions, her wants, and her aspirations for the film she directed, going so far as to say why she took it on and what she wanted to achieve with it. 
  • Attached to the books inlay is an envelope with a translucent film cell tucked inside. A cell, I might add, that gave me goosebumps as soon as I took it out and laid my eyes on it. Want to know why? Then please check out the end of Batman vs Superman to see why. In the meantime here's a quick clue: Vintage photography looks best when it is preserved well.
  • If you're a fan of large, tabloid styled images, then boy-oh-boy, you're sure going to love this book. From beginning to end we are bombarded with a number of double-page spreads and bold-inserts, with each image depicting the cast, the crew, the scenery, and everything else that went into making this action-adventure what it is. My personal favorite is a picture of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman regalia, posing as if she's ready to attack.

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Cons:
  • I would've liked to have seen more images of Wonder Woman throughout her comic book career. Even though there is a small section dedicated to this at the start of the book, unfortunately what's on offer is very limited and doesn't show the full scope of her visual continuity. 
  • While I'm on the subject of comic books, I would have also liked to have seen a whole section dedicated to the man behind Wonder Woman, namely, her creator, William Moulton Marston, as this section could expand upon his relationship with both his wife and his lover, who he lived with at exactly the same time, while stating what historically inspired him to create Diana, Paradise Island, as well as the mythos which surrounds her whole legacy.
  • Due to its size and weight the book has limited portability and could be difficult to house in a conventional bookcase.
  • Cost-wise, the price of the book could be marginally expensive for those of you with a limited budget.
Now for any more information please feel free to pay Titan a visit via their website, facebook, or twitter pages. Better yet, why not pick up a copy via Amazon!


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