CONCEPT ART LENDS TO THE VISUAL DEPICTION OF IDEAS THAT GIVE HOPE TO A GREAT FILM.
There were issues with the filming of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, creative differences lead to Colin Trevorrow being replaced by Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer/ director JJ Abrams. This is what separates The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from the other Art of Star Wars books. The first half of the book includes art from Trevorrow’s vision and switches to JJ Abrams vision.
There is a lot of art in The Art of The Rise of Skywalker that did not find it’s way into the final film. That is what gives the book a really cool feel, yet leaves on scratching their head wondering why it did not.
Colin Trevorrow had art that feels really cool and that it should have made it’s way into the final product even though JJ Abrams took over the project. Abrams art was pretty cut and dry as to most of it did end up in the film.
But, together the art could have served to bring a more interesting movie to life. Trevorrow’s half of The Art of The Rise of Skywalker was bright yet character’s seem darker so that is an interesting aspect. While once the book sifts to Abrams half the art has a darker tone which played out on screen.
While this is not my favorite Art of Star Wars books it is the one I find most fascinating and the one I go back to most often for the sheer shift in directors and movie feel.
For that reason alone I would say it is worth investing in this Star Wars art book. Again I am not focusing on the movie, people either loved it or hated it that is the fact. I am most interested in the art side and this book is worth the cost.