"You have to believe the magic to see it." --Guillermo Del Toro
There was an actor who referred to Steven Spielberg as the Thomas Edison of the movie industry. Whether you agree or not all I can say is that if Spielberg is the Edison, then perhaps Guillermo Del Toro is the Nikola Tesla.
His creations inside the Bleak House may wear the mask of horror and intricacy of a machine, but uniquely beautiful and humane at heart. In one complete package his creations are awesome in their imperfections and visually stunning in their details, as evident in his notebooks, sculptures, and varied artistic pieces highly comparable to the works of Da Vinci.
His "cabinet" of curiosities provides hindsight on his creative thought processes as the western world have already seen in his fantasy and science fiction oeuvre such as The Devil's Backbone, Mimic, Cronos, Blade II, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy I and II, and Pacific Rim. From these films his central characters usually triumph if they hold true to themselves when put to the test. In his stories there is always a child-like warrior finishing a silent victory.
From the introductory piece written by James Cameron, I am also looking forward for the birth of Mephisto's Bridge, The List of Seven, and At the Mountain of Madness on the silver screen. The sequence of my experience in reading this collection is opposite to the sequence of his idea above; I saw the magic first before believing it.
The magic remains the same.
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Images © 2013 Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Collections, Reference
Rating: 4.5 inches of bloody scalpel out of five