list: my favourite film posters of the 21st century

Sorry for the lack of recent updates – I’m afraid that college comes first! But I’m back with a few of my favourite movie posters of this decade. I know there’s that cliche saying, ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’ – and it’s clear one shouldn’t judge a film by it’s poster – but it’s hard not to! So here’s my list, in no particular order:

Lord of War, 2005

This was one of those posters that stopped me in my tracks, and not only forced me to applaud the great design, but also to think about the film’s theme. If you have seen Lord of War I’m sure you’ll agree that this poster beautifully sums up a character who’s entire life is the weapons industry. A terrifying yet genius design.

Hard Candy, 2005

Hard Candy, an incredibly dark film about a fourteen-year-old girl (that’s supposed to be Juno’s Ellen Page in the bear trap) who attempts to expose a pedophile, would be quite difficult to express in a single image. Yet this poster does this perfectly, presenting an (innocent?), red-riding hood figure as bait for the big, bad wolf.

The Social Network, 2010

While the use of text obscuring an actor’s face isn’t new to film posters (check out the posters for Michael Clayton, I’m Still Here, I Am Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the effect works wonders here. I remember seeing this poster for the first time outside a local cinema and I literally stopped in my tracks. Jesse Eisenberg’s blank stare is enough to invoke both terror and wonder, but the message imposed on his haunting face takes it to a whole other level.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 2005

Sure, it’s a simple design, but it’s damn memorable! The absurdity of the title and Steve Carell’s puppy-dog smile combine for a hilarious effect. Admit it, you chuckled when you saw this poster for the first time.

Lost in Translation, 2003

While there were numerous posters released for Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, this one struck me the most. A simple presentation of a lonely, vulnerable man, naked except for a robe and silly hotel slippers. Yet Bill Murray’s character looks out at us, searching for something, perhaps suggesting that he hasn’t given up just yet.

The Tree of Life, 2011

There is something about this poster for Terrence Malick’s new filme The Tree of Life that is so breathtaking – the beautiful texture of an adult hand and a baby’s foot, or the surreal glow that illuminates the skin. The idea of birth and roots is perfectly conveyed in the thin wrinkle’s on the baby’s foot.  I’m not too sure what this film is about, all I know is that it’s about a man seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life, but this breathtaking poster gives me the impression that generations, nature and spirituality will be a part of it.

What do you think? What are some of your favourite film posters?

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