It was a fantastic year for poster art. With so many fan-made efforts, and some impressive studio work, the world of film art is secure. Look no further than Tom Hooper’s reaction to the initial poster for The King’s Speech. He commented on it publicly in an interview, claiming that there was no way the travesty would be the final poster. He was right, and the new poster for the film (soaked in a rich, gold tone with a prominent microphone) was shortly revealed.
Such an example is a tribute to the movie poster. It isn’t just a marketing tool. It’s the face of a film. And here are the 10 most beautiful of the year.
10. Never Let Me Go
This is energetic, dynamic, elegant. It also features some of the best font work of the year. The subtle, progressive disconnects between the letters is incredible.
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9. Let Me In
An innocent snow angle is marred by an splash of blood, and barefoot tracks. Jarring red on a gleaming white surface. Magnificent.
8. I Am Love
Elegant, with a fantastic use of the title image. I love how the “L” loops around Swinton, while obscuring the remaining characters.
7. Another Year
This was the UK spread, as can be expected from the usual aspect ratio. There were many other versions of this, but frankly, incorporating the title font into the branches of the tree always made this one stick out. Fantastic use of balance and color for this Leigh gem.
6. The Social Network
Simply because it is one of the most well-known posters of the year does not mean it can’t be included. The Eisenberg/Zuckerberg mug shot was always striking, as well as the genius of focusing on a tagline and moving the title to the sidebar. Literally. Oddly, I’ve always appreciated the appearance of his grey T-shirt.
Simplicity can never be topped. A sea of black. Then the isolation at the bottom. One, tiny source of light seems to illuminate the whole poster. Everyone always talks about the Bass-Hitchcock imitation. But this was the real deal.
4. Enter the Void
Say what you want about the film, this is one of the most mesmerizing posters of the year. And frankly, it complements the tone of the work. The violent use of color is almost punishment for the eye. How appropriate for a Gaspar Noe film.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Yeah, yeah. It’s not an official poster. Whatever. With a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it title drop, and gorgeous, made-with-love effort, it captures the essence of Wright’s jewel.
It isn’t flashy. It isn’t the god-awful grenade image that was parading around Cannes. It’s simple: Carlos the Jackel, one of the world’s most notorious terrorists, walking off a plane. Like a rock star.
1. Black Swan
No film has drawn as much graphic attention. Aronofsky dropped enough symbolism into this one to keep artists busy for years. The above was the best in a set of three other works that perfectly capture the dual nature of the film. As if you needed another reason to see Black Swan.