The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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 America: The First Avenger), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasf...

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Title:The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Author:Phil Szostak
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Edition Language:English

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reviews

  • Gemma F

    I'm simply amazed at how much work goes into one movie. Especially one as big as

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Andrew

    And so on to the next of the star wars concept art books. I must admit that Abrams are doing a far better job of printing them than the early artwork books. True the price now matches the book but they are now hardback and with so much more material in them.

    So much so that to be honest I wish they had used more of the material although I suspect it would have pushed the budget through the roof.

    As always the book is lavishly illustrated with large images which rarely vanish in to the centre crea

    And so on to the next of the star wars concept art books. I must admit that Abrams are doing a far better job of printing them than the early artwork books. True the price now matches the book but they are now hardback and with so much more material in them.

    So much so that to be honest I wish they had used more of the material although I suspect it would have pushed the budget through the roof.

    As always the book is lavishly illustrated with large images which rarely vanish in to the centre crease of the book (one of my person bugbears if you ask me) while at the same time keeping enough space for the commentary so you have both context and explanation of what one image was used while another was not (which as I said earlier in some cases I wish they had).

    The film itself I know has divided fans and the latest standalone film has not performed as hoped which suggest that the Disney honeymoon maybe over but this book still demonstrates the huge creative potential that is still out there and ready to be tapped for the Star Wars universe - and yes I will admit I will always go and see what comes next.

  • Diz

    The art in this book, like all art of Star Wars books, is great. The attention to detail is amazing. Besides, it is always fun to look at these kinds of books to see what kind of designs weren't used. However, the text portion was not as fun to read as it usually is for these types of books. The reason is that when I read the director and artists getting swept up in designing sections of that were not that great (the casino scenes), I always had a nagging voice in the back of my head questioning

    The art in this book, like all art of Star Wars books, is great. The attention to detail is amazing. Besides, it is always fun to look at these kinds of books to see what kind of designs weren't used. However, the text portion was not as fun to read as it usually is for these types of books. The reason is that when I read the director and artists getting swept up in designing sections of that were not that great (the casino scenes), I always had a nagging voice in the back of my head questioning their decisions. Instead of talking about what kind of aliens they were going to put in the casino and then congratulating themselves for the work, they should have been questioning whether they needed a casino scene at all. I guess sometimes it's hard to see the forrest for the trees.

  • Trike

    This is a good but not spectacular entry in “Art of ____ movie” books.

    Quite a bit of the art is gorgeous, of course, and there are some interesting tidbits about the making of the film — such as how they only built half the bridge of Snoke’s ship and then flipped the image to show the other side — but it’s told in a fairly dry way.

    I did like how one of the artists late in the book declares that the vehicles and such in Star Wars make no sense but they’re cool to look at it. That kind of sums up

    This is a good but not spectacular entry in “Art of ____ movie” books.

    Quite a bit of the art is gorgeous, of course, and there are some interesting tidbits about the making of the film — such as how they only built half the bridge of Snoke’s ship and then flipped the image to show the other side — but it’s told in a fairly dry way.

    I did like how one of the artists late in the book declares that the vehicles and such in Star Wars make no sense but they’re cool to look at it. That kind of sums up the entire creative ethos of the Star Wars franchise.

  • ♠️ TABI = 타비 ♠️

    I need this for, uh, research . . .

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