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First The Dark Knight Rises Poster

the Dark knight Rising Poster

So, if your question was “Will The Dark Knight Rises have some awesome posters?” the answer turns out to be yes, very much so.

It must be fun designing posters for this movie. You get a bunch of iconic symbols and characters to work with. It’s the third outing in this particular series, so everybody pretty much knows the gist and you don’t need explain much to them. And the poster campaign will probably have many, many posters, which allows a little more risk taking in each of them.

Now, that doesn’t mean coming up with some great posters is easy. Coming up with great posters is never easy. But it does make it at least possible.

When Close-Ups Attack

Johnny Depp is a very charming fellow with a very expressive face which is normally endlessly entertaining to watch. And yet in this posters I don’t quite get the intriguing sense of danger that was quite clearly emanating from his character in the poster below.

Sure, part of that can be attributed to a more felicitous choice of facial expression. But it is also the case that sometimes less (close-up) is more. Sometimes characters need room tho breath, to convey things with their bodies, to be in their environment.

This is, of course, another aspect of why the floating heads convention grates.

(Via Kinopoisk and IMPAwards)

A Tale of Two Posters

Ok, this is interesting. It is similar to the artwork used to sell the game, making the brand identity clear. It’s a strong image with dark colors that sets an engrossing mood. It’s also different enough to stand out and be noticeable. It’s a bit exaggerated and over the top, but not too much and the style fits with the game and with a certain kind of film.

But, what is it that you say? There is another poster? Great! Let’s take a look at it.

Max Payne Poster

This, on the other hand, is way over the top.

I mean, I know that the original game lays it on pretty thick, and like I said above I think images that are a little exaggerated have a place in the campaign.

But this is just too much. It looks pretty good from a distance, when all you can see is the rays of light. But up close the imagery and symbolism is just too exaggerated and in your face to still be effective. The whole thing just ends up looking silly.

But one out of two isn’t too bad.

(Via ComingSoon)

The Waning Power of Robert DeNiro's Mug

What Just Happened Poster

There was a point in time when seeing Robert DeNiro’s face on a poster meant something. The film might not be good but there would at least be some sparks. And the face itself would send thrills through your spine.

Looking at the above poster I’m mostly reminded of how long ago that was.

There have been so many posters, so many cheap exploitations of the classic roles, so much selling of the face to prop up crappy movies that by now seeing DeNiro in a poster probably means you don’t really want to see the movie. And that makes me sad.

But not quite depressed. No, there is still something there. It’s mostly hidden, but you can see it if you look closely. Some energy. Some intensity in the expression. And the hiding of the mouth helps to give the image, and the face, some power.

You want to know what is depressing? This is depressing:

Righteous Kill Poster

Remember when seeing these two together seemed like something amazing? Remember how the movie would unavoidably feel like something especial?

How far the mighty have fallen.

(Via Cinematical and JoBlo)

The Waning Power of Robert DeNiro’s Mug

What Just Happened Poster

There was a point in time when seeing Robert DeNiro’s face on a poster meant something. The film might not be good but there would at least be some sparks. And the face itself would send thrills through your spine.

Looking at the above poster I’m mostly reminded of how long ago that was.

There have been so many posters, so many cheap exploitations of the classic roles, so much selling of the face to prop up crappy movies that by now seeing DeNiro in a poster probably means you don’t really want to see the movie. And that makes me sad.

But not quite depressed. No, there is still something there. It’s mostly hidden, but you can see it if you look closely. Some energy. Some intensity in the expression. And the hiding of the mouth helps to give the image, and the face, some power.

You want to know what is depressing? This is depressing:

Righteous Kill Poster

Remember when seeing these two together seemed like something amazing? Remember how the movie would unavoidably feel like something especial?

How far the mighty have fallen.

(Via Cinematical and JoBlo)

No Country For Old Men – International Vs. Domestic Posters

No Country for Old Men Poster

I have already talked about the main poster for No Country a couple of times. It’s nice, but I don’t think it captures the beauty or intensity of the film. But that is the domestic poster, perhaps the international posters are different?

Well, as it turns out most countries used the domestic poster with the title and a few other things translated. But there are a couple of exceptions.

The first is this French poster, which is still a variation on the original, but a more drastic one.

No Country For Old Men Poster - France

The main difference is, of course, the colors, and the fact that we can see more of the landscape behind Moss. The French poster also has few critics quotes prominently shown.

I get the feeling that this image is closer to the look of the scene in the actual film in which this poster is based. But despite that, I think I like this variation less than the original. It still doesn’t quite convey the beauty of the movie, and I think it does a worst job at getting across the tension. The gray Chigurh just isn’t as scary as his domestic version. And I don’t like the way the splash o red at the bottom interacts with the rest of the poster.

And yes, big ass critics quotes might be effective at getting people to see a movie, but they don’t exactly help the look of a poster.

Then we have this Spanish version, which resorts to a collage. Rather dull.

No Country For Old Men Poster - Spain

But the most different poster, and the main reason I even bothered to write this post, comes from Japan.

No Country For Old Men Poster - Japan

I have no idea why they went with this design. Considering the setting of No Country I wouldn’t be surprised if there was indeed a bull skull in there somewhere, but I don’t remember it. And it’s an image that hasn’t been highlighted in any other marketing materials I have seen for the movie.

But it is a fascinating way to set up the film. The bull skull both gives us an idea of the general setting and hints at the harshness and violence of the movie. I also like how the skull is placed to the right, leaving most of the writing to the left. It’s an elegant design and a type of arrangement that I think could be used more often.

I wouldn’t say that the Japanese poster is better than the domestic. At least not obviously so. But I do appreciate the effort that went into trying something different.

By the way, IMPAwards has another Japanese poster which also features the bull skull, so it seems they are really committed to that particular image.

(Posters found via Filmz.ru and the official MySpace page)

Bangkok Dangerous Poster

Bangkok Dangerous Poster

Here we have the poster for Bangkok Dangerous in which we see Nicolas Cage giant head towering over what one imagines is Bangkok. Our man Nic looks distraught, he obviously is carrying a lot on his shoulders and that is taking its toll.

Now, let’s go back a few months.

Next Poster

Here we have Nicolas Cage giant head towering over a city that seems to be in the process of being consumed by flames. In this one our man Nic is fully focused. The look in his eyes is so fierce that there is actually blue light coming out of them. He’s obviously trying to find a way to save the people of the city and nothing will stop him.

Now let’s go a couple more months back.

Ghost Rider Poster

Here we have Nicolas Cage giant head towering over some generic looking city. It’s also towering over some dude whose head has caught on fire. And over a cool bike. Nic looks mildly enraged. Obviously someone has crossed him and he is ready to kick some butt.

Ok, now let’s do something different. Let’s go a forward a few months.

National Treasure Poster (Big)

Here we have Nicolas Cage not so giant head towering over, well, nothing really. This time the head is also connected to a full body, which is unusual. Nicolas Cage looks a little bemused. Obviously he is faced with some inscrutable puzzle and is now working very hard to figure it out.

A little more than one year. Four movies. Four posters. Four different hairstyles. Let it never be said that Nic Cage lacks range.

But honestly? I wouldn’t mind spending some time without having to stare at Nic’s mug in a new poster.

(Bangkok Dangerous Poster From IMPAwards)