The Art of Star Wars by Phil Szostak

The Art of Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box-office records as one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and its eagerly awaited sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is sure to do the same. 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), this chapter, like every chapter before it, ow...

Details The Art of Star Wars

TitleThe Art of Star Wars
Release DateDec 15th, 2017
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Art, Nonfiction, Culture, Film, Science Fiction Fantasy, Reference, Space

Reviews The Art of Star Wars

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 y...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jim Kettner
    Well, this gem arrived underneath the tree X-Mas morning and in the past 48 hours I've devoured it cover to cover. I don't really know how I could begin to criticize this tome. Not only is it jam packed with gorgeous illustrations, character designs, and story boards, there are also oodles of easter eggs and insights into the creative process of making this film from producers, designers, and writer/director Rian Johnson. I know this movie has ca...
  • Gemma F
    I'm simply amazed at how much work goes into one movie. Especially one as big as Star Wars!
  • Kelly K
    I'm glad they included events from Episode 7 (to prevent spoilers) in this one though honestly you should be watching the movie before reading the art book. I'm expecting that the art book for Episode 9 will then have things from The Last Jedi in it because there are some scenes I wanted so badly to be in this book so I could get a closer look but they weren't. Still, I loved taking a closer look at things and learning that a lot of things in thi...
  • kerrycat
    of course this is incredible - not just visually, but the text explains the process, from conception to end, from writing to all of the details, that made this film come to life, as well as the timeline overlaps with TFA and RO (production-wise, which was a little tricky). how and why the director led this team to create something new while adhering to the original spirit of Lucas' ideals from the seventies - it's all here. an absolute pleasure t...
  • Jonathan H.
    I love "art of" books and seeing the design process. The illustrations and sketches in this book are amazing and if you liked The Last Jedi, you'll really enjoy flipping through this to see what various costumes and aliens and vehicles looked like as they were being designed.There's also a good amount of text that talks about the production of the film, which I found interesting particularly in knowing how much things overlapped with the making o...
  • Lisa
    If I could give this 3 1/2 I would. I think that I am too used to Marvel and their way of doing their books. I really wish that there was more concept art in this book. It seems more to be a story board than anything else. While it was interesting, it wasn't what I wanted.
  • Joe
    I love these "The Art of..." Star Wars books they release with the film. They not only show where the cool visuals and ideas came from but, even more intriguingly, they show which ideas they didn't use. That last point is even more powerful because I didn't care for "The Last Jedi" at all. There were so many heartbreakingly cool ideas that were left on the intellectual cutting room floor that it broke this old Jedi's heart.The alternate versions ...
  • Naomi Bowen
    Absolutely loved the Last Jedi, so knew I had to get this! A beautiful book which gave me deeper appreciation for the huge amount of work that goes into making these films, a lot of which the audience will never see on the screen. 'What could have been' is a common theme in these art books.Would have liked a bit more explanation behind some of the choice made but would still recommend to a Star Wars fan.
  • Sarah
    these books are perfect. tlj's edition is no exception.
  • Javier Saldaña
    This ‘Art of...’ book was well-written but it lacked something that the last entry had. Or maybe was it because of the curse Rian Johnson took vs the one JJ Abrahams did? With the Art of TFA book they did have a blank canvas, and the magic of the book was laying the new characters and ground, getting new ideas and exploring paths, with Art of TLJ this was more like a work diary, maybe because it had less locations/planets? Maybe because the ...
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  • Eric Hart
    In the absence of a more thorough "making of" book such as those by J.W. Rinzler for the original trilogy, this still provides a great insight into the creative process behind The Last Jedi. Just keep in mind that the focus is on the visual design, not so much on the development of the story or the production itself.
  • Perhapsme
    Great book full of beautiful artwork and some insight into the creative process of the movie. One star off bc it's missing some stuff that i was really looking forward to seeing (they should've just delayed the publication if they were worried about spoilers). I seriously wish there was an actual MAKING of the movie book (for this and TFA).
  • Emily
    The artwork in this book was absolutely beautiful but I just wish there was more of it. This art book was not as organized as the TFA one, where things were split month by month. None the less I enjoyed reading and seeing how TLJ was created.
  • RumBelle
    I always enjoy reading books like these that describe the creative processes behind my favorite films. This book highlighter, amongst other tings, General Leia, the planet Crait, Canto Bight, Rey and Luke and First Order ships. Within each section were drawings, paintings and digital art highlighting characters, planets, setting, ships and more. In addition to that, is text explaining the creation and evolution of the visual side of this film.One...
  • Craig
    Usually the art of books are among my favorite tomes in the Star Wars pantheon. Why then the middling review? Well, it's odd. It seems like Rian Johnson had a very strong idea from the very beginning of which direction he wanted to take the film in. While that made for a particularly strong film (in my opinion. I know that is divisive...), it kind of made for a boring art of book.Much of the art presented herein very closely mirrors what we ended...
  • Brian
    If the movie captivated your imagination, then this book will continue your journey deeper into the film. There are some very interesting reveals about the origins of some of the scenes and plot points. Things you might attribute to Johnson originate from designers, producers, Intellectual Property groups (?!?!), and even Lucas himself. The chronological run down of the art department work is very dry and unclear, especially if you’ve read the ...
  • Nicki Markus
    There are many things to love about the book. The artwork is stunning and it is all beautifully presented. However, I am only giving it four stars rather than five because of how much is missing. There's very little artwork relating to major plot moments such as Rey and Kylo's force bond (only one picture in 256 pages) and nothing showing the lightsaber duel with the Praetorian Guard. Indeed, considering he's a main character, there are but a han...
  • Kevin
    This is a great book and I always love peering at the Art of Star Wars books. I love hearing how the production designers and all their teams' input on how they create the characters, ships, worlds, and look of our favorite universe. One big bummer is that they don't put everything in here because they are worried about spoilers. In this book, they had things from The Force Awakens that they couldn't put in that book because they were huge spoile...
  • Caleb Hutchinson
    Weird to say I "read" an art book, but there is a surprisingly large amount of behind the scenes stories in here; it essentially describes the full process from script writing all the way to post-production. It delves into Johnson's writing process, specifically in regards to his establishing of thematics before creating anything else. Essential for its description of the entire production as well as its immaculate art pieces.
  • Paul Warner
    Since I was just a kid in singe digits, I have been a Star Wars fan and a fan of the creative "Art Of Star Wars" books that are released with each new film. This newest book, "The Art of The Last Jedi," did not disappoint. Beautiful artwork, fascinating behind-the-scenes details, and interviews with many of the creators who brought the film from page to screen.
  • Mel
    Gorgeous art, so interesting to see the early ideas all the way through to production. While I'm not much of a behind the scenes person I do really love the concept art. I would have preferred a bit more on the fleet and it's characters and a bit less of Canto Bight. But otherwise no complaints at all. Definitely recommended.
  • Virginia Mae
    Beautiful and inspiring! I love the behind the scenes insight into the development of the story. I would have loved to have seen so many of the ideas that didn't end up in the movie. The art is so often hauntingly gorgeous that this book is impossible to put down.