The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road, Abbie Bernstein

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Max Rockatansky returns. Haunted by his turbulent past, the wandering Road Warrior becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. Seeking escape from the tyranny of Immortan Joe, what follows is a high-octane Road War – and a chance for redemption. The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road is the official companion to the highly anticipated movie.

Publisher: Titan Books, May 2015

Reviewer: Jim Murdoch

Nowadays movie makers will do just about anything to gain another dollar. With the huge impact the new Mad Max: Fury Road has had on cinema goers and hardcore fans of it’s earlier series, there was no hiding that this book may just be another piece of memorabilia that most of us would part cash with for names sake. Generally expecting it to be just another drab, unthoughtful annual containing a few selected film stills. The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein however, is a must own for any fans of a film, that with so many major blockbusters, such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World, has become one of the best films to see in 2015. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was produced by George Miller, who also produced the earlier films and has recently announced the making of ‘Mad Max: The Wasteland’. The book, forwarded by Mr Miller himself, contains endless pages of original storyboards and concept-art. There is so much behind the scenes detail that will wet the lips of any fan. A quite brilliant insight into the making of such an extraordinary movie. Through the journey you will find yourself set out on, it becomes very apparent, almost immediately, how remarkable the attention to detail is. As George Miller himself writes; “Every vehicle, motorbike, weapon, costume, prop, every character and indeed their manner of speaking, came by way of this unifying back-story.” As someone who loves a good film just as much as a book, I’ve never been one that has ever taken the time to think about what went into making such a visual extravaganza. The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road had me fascinated at every page. Who knew how long winded the process was in finding just the right skull logo on Immortan Joe’s bad guys. With Father’s day just around the corner, why not treat Dad to an extension of a film he probably already has pre-ordered on blu-ray.

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