Category Archives: Fantasy

Star Wars Posters: Still Good After All These Years

Matt Busch Star Wars

The poster you see above was created by artist Matt Busch in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. It completes a cycle of commemorative posters featuring the villains of each movie from the original trilogy.

The idea of a poster featuring just the villains is in itself cool. And Matt’s distinctive artwork is pretty great. But what really makes this awesome is that it keep the overall style that made the Star Wars posters so good: epic illustrated montage piece featuring a lot of the wonderful cast and the amazing places that appear in the films. It fits right in with the classic posters, and like those it both complements the films by giving them yet another kick ass image and is complemented by the warm feeling we have about the movies.

I often feel irritated that more posters for new films aren’t as good as the Star Wars posters. But to be fair, a lot of the greatness of those is associated with the greatness of the films. The vast majority of movies just don’t give the artists this much to work with.

The limited edition poster may or may not still be available when you read this. All of the proceeds will go to the National Lymphoma Society.

(Found via Slashfilm)

Matt Busch Star Wars

New International Posters for Prince Caspian

Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster

We had already seen two posters for Prince Caspian, both of them compositions that gave us a general sense of all the stuff that goes on in the epic. Today we have three new posters that focus on particular characters and settings. We have the prince against a forest, the kids in some sort of ruins and some dude in a mask leading and army.

I guess the posters are nice. Each allows us to focus more clearly on the characters and settings than the previous posters did. And in conjunction they still give a good idea that this is a big story that goes through some cool looking places and features lots of players, both new and old. The posters are also generally sunny and bright enough to be attractive to the kids, even tough the characters all have very serious expressions.

But is just me or does Caspian, played by Ben Barnes, looks like the most dull thing ever in the posters? His expression is so stilted. The funny thing is that he didn’t seem nearly as bad in the footage I have seen so far. Perhaps he just doesn’t do still photographs well.

Or maybe it’s just me.

(Via BadTaste.it)

Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster
Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Poster

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Poster

This teaser poster reminds me of scenes in the first Mummy where Imhotep only had half his face or where he turned into sand. Harking back to those images is probably a smart choice. It uses and reinforces the already existing brand and adds something new to get people interested. In this case some oriental themes.

But it also gets at the core of why I really don’t care about this movie. The second film already felt like a replay of the biggest hits of the first movie, only made bigger. And the third movie doesn’t seem like it has any reason to exist besides playing into the positive feelings people might have for the franchise in order to make a couple of bucks. There is no new story that has to be told. No real progression in the characters. Just the same thing, one more time, but now in China!

Blah. Might very well be successful, from a business perspective. And the poster by itself is actually quite good. But blah.

(Via The Mummy Production Blog)

Kim Ki-duk’s Dream Poster

Kim Ki-duk’s Dream Poster (Big)

I’m highlighting this poster for two reasons. First, I have really liked director Kim Ki-duk’s films in the past and everything about his new movie seems to get me excited. Second, I really like the simple, clean and yet evocative design.

Dream is one of those films with an weird but appealing premise that is hard to distill not so much because it’s complicated but simply because it’s different enough to cause confusion. The summary:

Jin wakes up from a nightmare of a traffic accident on the way to his ex-girlfriend’s home. The dream drives him to the very spot and stumbles upon an aftermath of an accident which unfolded in the same way as his dream. The police track down the assailant and and Jin follows them to the suspect’s home and meets a woman named Ran. She denies the hit and run accusation since she was asleep the entire night. Jin explains his dream to the police and asks to be charged instead. The police dismiss him as a nut and arrest Ran. Jin is wholly convinced that there’s an unexplainable connection between him and Ran. He soon discovers that when he dreams, Ran unconsciously acts out his dream while sleepwalking … Essentially, the two become one.

The poster above doesn’t really pay much attention to the intricacies of the storyline, focusing instead on the fact that it involves dreams and in the general surrealism of the premise. In that way it doesn’t really try to convey a plot or an idea as much as it tries to convey a mood and a state of mind. And it does that with a minimalistic design that is mostly just a sea of peaceful white with a few dream like illustrations and blots done mostly in black.

Reactions will vary, but for me just seeing this poster immediately gets me ready (and willing) to experience an ethereal, not necessarily entirely logical story that takes me to some unexpected places. The poster also seems to complement my general feelings towards Kim Ki-duk in that it reminds me of the aspects of his work that I have most liked.

The poster below, on the other hand, is basically an attempt to tell what the film is about, focusing on the relationship between the two main characters. I think it’s successful in what it sets to achieve, but it’s also kind of dull, not as evocative or beautiful as the poster above.

(Via Twitch)

Kim Ki-duk’s Dream Poster

Kim Ki-duk's Dream Poster

Kim Ki-duk’s Dream Poster (Big)

I’m highlighting this poster for two reasons. First, I have really liked director Kim Ki-duk’s films in the past and everything about his new movie seems to get me excited. Second, I really like the simple, clean and yet evocative design.

Dream is one of those films with an weird but appealing premise that is hard to distill not so much because it’s complicated but simply because it’s different enough to cause confusion. The summary:

Jin wakes up from a nightmare of a traffic accident on the way to his ex-girlfriend’s home. The dream drives him to the very spot and stumbles upon an aftermath of an accident which unfolded in the same way as his dream. The police track down the assailant and and Jin follows them to the suspect’s home and meets a woman named Ran. She denies the hit and run accusation since she was asleep the entire night. Jin explains his dream to the police and asks to be charged instead. The police dismiss him as a nut and arrest Ran. Jin is wholly convinced that there’s an unexplainable connection between him and Ran. He soon discovers that when he dreams, Ran unconsciously acts out his dream while sleepwalking … Essentially, the two become one.

The poster above doesn’t really pay much attention to the intricacies of the storyline, focusing instead on the fact that it involves dreams and in the general surrealism of the premise. In that way it doesn’t really try to convey a plot or an idea as much as it tries to convey a mood and a state of mind. And it does that with a minimalistic design that is mostly just a sea of peaceful white with a few dream like illustrations and blots done mostly in black.

Reactions will vary, but for me just seeing this poster immediately gets me ready (and willing) to experience an ethereal, not necessarily entirely logical story that takes me to some unexpected places. The poster also seems to complement my general feelings towards Kim Ki-duk in that it reminds me of the aspects of his work that I have most liked.

The poster below, on the other hand, is basically an attempt to tell what the film is about, focusing on the relationship between the two main characters. I think it’s successful in what it sets to achieve, but it’s also kind of dull, not as evocative or beautiful as the poster above.

(Via Twitch)

Kim Ki-duk’s Dream Poster

Final Forbidden Kingdom Poster

Forbidden Kingdom Poster

Ok, so when the first teaser for Forbidden Kingdom came out I was a little upset because it didn’t explore what is probably the main attraction of the movie: the meeting of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Then came the character posters, which I liked a lot more, but since they were character posters the big meeting was also not an element.

So now comes this poster, and finally we have the two together. And it’s… meh.

Yeah, it’s very shiny. I like the cloudy background and the two look good doing their fight stuff. But honestly, I was expecting something more. I wanted fireworks. I wanted something that looked historic. I wanted the world to shake with the explosion of awesome caused by these two monsters occupying the same poster.

Instead we get this, a poster in which Jet Li and Jackie Chan are each doing their own things and don’t even seem aware that the other guy is also there. Underwhelming. Jet Li meeting Jason Statham was more earth shaking.

And the way they are positioned in the poster is a bit weird since it leaves the lower-right corner kind of empty. Makes the poster feel unbalanced. But that is a minor problem with the design.

Add this poster to the trailer and I’m starting to lose whatever hopes I had that this movie would be any good.

(Via IMPAwards)

I Am legend Posters: Domestic Vs. Spanish

I Am Legend Poster (Domestic)I Am Legend Poster (Spanish)
(click on the posters for larger images)

It’s not a huge difference but it’s an interesting one. The Spanish poster for I Am Legend has a very similar design to the main domestic poster, but instead of having Will Smith and the dog walking with the destroyed Brooklyn Bridge on the background we have them walking with a fairly generic looking New York street on the background.

The I Am legend marketing has been unusually careful to cater to international audiences. You’ll probably remember the banners depicting several cities from around the world destroyed by the plague. So this could be another example of that, with the bridge being substituted because it isn’t such a well known landmark in Spain.

Then again I get the feeling that, due to years and years of movies depicting it, the bridge is pretty much known all over, so perhaps they just thought the city background made for a better image.

If that was the case, I disagree with them. The domestic poster strikes me as being more impactful, and a more harmonious image to boot.

(Thanks to reader Casty The Clown for the Spanish version)