If you’re a fan of Tim Burton, you are entirely likely to have a little bit of a crush on Ian Nathan’s new book, Tim Burton: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work. This silvery tome with its sleek hardcover slipcase is perfectly Burtonesque, and that’s only judging the book by its cover. The contents are equally pleasing and chronicle the distinctive director’s career from it’s earliest inklings to present.
After covering Burton’s youth and early years working at Disney, the book then delves into the making of each Burton movie, beginning with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and ending with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Though unofficial and unauthorized, the book is quite thorough, deftly weaving behind the scenes trivia, autobiographical info, Burton quotes, and Hollywood lore into each chapter. A wide array of movie stills, on-set photos, and shots of Burton himself make the book visually interesting as well. Nathan consistently uses images that are slightly off the beaten path, giving us a delightfully unique perspective on familiar material. In short, the author has done his homework.
Because of the careful research behind Tim Burton: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work, it functions on two levels – as a coffee table book and as an insightful biography of one of the most prominent director’s of our time. You can spend an evening leafing through the pages and enjoying the pictures and the fun pull-out timeline that chronicles Burton’s career down to the last cameo and short film, or you can settle in and read an in-depth account of the evolution of Burton’s work. Either pursuit is rewarding to the reader, making this book a solid addition to any film fan’s library.