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Review: Great Showdowns the Return by Scott Campbell

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The showdown is the ultimate confrontation. It’s when two opposing forces meet with the intention of only one side walking away in victory. It is a time mixed with both anxiety and remorse, but it is almost always a memorable moment.

In classic (or non-classic) films, the showdown is not always the climax. More often than not, it is that less spectacular but just as memorable moment when two entities face off in important plot manipulating moments. And this is where Great Showdowns the Return by Scott Campbell comes in. Published by Titan Books, this is a whimsically artistic compilation of some epic showdowns in film.

Great Showdowns is not just a recollection of violent quarrels. Oh sure, you’ll find the bloody images from the standoff in Reservoir Dogs, the severed horse head from The Godfather and a heart ripped from the chest in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. How can images like this be whimsical? Scott Campbell has added his special touch to every entry. The smile.

Inanimate objects are not excluded from these emotional changes either. The keyboard Tom Hanks’ character dances on in Big, the painting Cameron is absorbed into in Farris Bueller’s Day Off, and the molecular transporter from The Fly find themselves adorned with smiles.

No matter what the situation is, the demeanor of the character in the original film, you will find the characters in these renditions possessing smiles. At first, this subtle yet mood altering difference may be a bit off-putting to the diehard fans of these films. But to those more indebted of the theatrical intensity of the moment, the alteration brings additional appreciation to the conflict of the original.

Great Showdowns the Return is the second installment by Scott Campbell and there are too many fantastic images to choose just which one(s) to show here. If you’re a fan of the first, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. If not, this edition would be a fine place to start and discover the talent of Campbell.