on 28 December 2013
Goodness me, this is a beautiful book. Due to a combination of overzealous book buying and the physical constraints of my bookshelves, I've reached the point where I will only hold on to books that are either somehow unique or personal favourites - Cabinet of Curiosities, I feel, qualifies as both.
Every page of this book confirms that Del Toro is a true visionary, and it's truly sad that the lengthy film-making process means that his output will inevitably be somewhat limited. We should appreciate what he has managed to produce. His takes on Hellboy stand out in a field of bland and overly-similar comic book adaptations, and in my humble opinion the realms of fantasy and horror have never been so well combined on film as in The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth. Even his latest effort, Pacific Rim, which could have been an utterly brainless monster vs robot snorefest, is thoughtfully designed and executed.
If you like Del Toro's films, or even just well-made books, then this is a must-buy.
on 28 May 2016
A truly insightful and beautifully produced window into the mind of Guillermo del Toro. The book itself is large format and high quality in both print finish, paperweight and overflowing with both imagery of concept sketches, renders, on set behind the scenes candid shots and a wealth of info and inspiration in written word that will intrigue and entertain. Whether you've seen just one of his films, a handful of them, or are an epic fan and have seen them all, this book will not disappoint.
on 19 October 2015
This is the best book in my book shelf by far. So interesting, full of Guillermos notes, scribbles, ideas and original artwork from many of his films. Fantastic, fascinating, and a wonderful insight into his mind.
on 26 April 2014
I love Guillermo del Toro: love his movies, his writing, his view of the world and his style of living.
This book is wonderfully presented and written. It's a great window into the life of GDT.
I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about GDT, but also the act (art!) of making films and the mind behind such wonderful characters and creatures like Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth.
A fantastic read!