What makes a great movie poster? It can be many different things. Some work by being eye-catching and drawing your attention to it. Others are cleverly designed, making allusions to the themes and premise of the film. Then there are those that are just beautiful to look at, and the kind of thing you wouldn’t mind hanging on your wall. And then there are the funny ones, and the creepy ones, etcetera etcetera. Terrible films can have amazing posters, and the movies we love can be saddled with eye-rollingly uninspired ones.
Whatever category they fall into, 2011 had its fair share of awesome posters. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.
All images are taken from IMP Awards, always a great source for anyhting movie poster related.
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While I may have said “no particular order”, this One Day poster is probably my favorite of the year. I love the muted colors, the caught-in-a-moment feel, the way Anne Hathaway leans right into Jim Sturgess… Beautiful poster, and one that has been stuck in my mind ever since I first saw it.
Two men, parts of the same whole. One in the spotlight, one behind it. But not on the same page? Clever and striking image.
I hadn’t heard of this film before I came across this poster – something that will be a recurring theme in this post – but this is just gorgeous artwork.
For Young Adult, it was a tough choice between this one and the book cover-like teaser poster. In the end, I went with this strikingly colored one and hope it’s not my choice that Charlize Theron is sneering at.
The artwork alone would be enough to earn this poster a spot for this post, but that font is pretty damn cool too. Plus it has a cute tag line.
I haven’t seen The Skin I Live In yet, but from this poster alone, I can tell that there’s no other actor alive that should have Antonio Banderas‘ part. Creepy and intriguing.
What are you so pensive about, Mr. Driver Man? Do I need to be worried? Bonus points for the hot pink title font.
That’s some effective composition going on here, with the little girl in the corner being snuck on by a threatening darkness. I wonder what the story is with the poloroid. Nope, haven’t seen this one either. Should I?
I’m not sure why we need to talk about Kevin, but I know he’s scaring the crap out of me.
Baring your midriff is always a good way to get my attention. India had a lot of cool movie posters this year.
A wonderful image of a girl who’s… I don’t know. Caught between two sides? Conflicted? Fraught with multiple personality disorder? Whatever the case, this poster makes me want to see the film just as much as it’s strong word-of-mouth does.
Lots of wonderful silhouette images at play here. Must be one hell of a castle to live in.
When I first saw this poster, I had no idea what Making the Boys was about, but I sure knew I wanted to find out in the worst way. Eye-catching doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Monochrome splattered with red is always a cool choice. Here we have the red as the oft-featured blood stains, but also as the eye of the crow and an ominous sky. I’m not sure I want to see this film, but if this was a DVD cover, I would certainly pick it up from the store shelf if I saw it to find out more.
Fencing with cutlery! Love it!
So much going on here! Colors and light, of course, but also: are those teeth he’s exhaling? And is he aware that his headphones are on fire? Awesome-looking poster.
Kirsten Dunst in a wedding dress floating in a pond or something, which will supposedly change everything. She looks more angry than melancholic if you ask me, but this is a startling and effective use of imagery and color that make for a unique poster.
And we close this showcase off in somber fashion, showing a guy carrying something, flanked by leafless trees and standing on top of a buried dinosaur skeleton. What could it all mean? Fiercesome buried secrets? And I only just now noticed the roots of the trees stretching down as if to mirror the world above. Curioser and curiouser.