During the time I was totally engrossed in the Canberra International Film Festival, three posters piqued my interest for massive upcoming films. No doubt you have already seen them, but just in case I thought I would share them here with a few thoughts about them. What binds them together for me is the interesting or ‘classic’ design in this world of bland sameness for movie posters and the fact that they achieve their purpose of getting me really excited for the films they are promoting. Which strangely, very few posters actually do these days.
The first poster is for In the Heart of the Sea (2015), a film that unlike the other two, was not on my radar at all until I saw this. I love this design so much. As a kid, whales were equal second along with deadly Australian animals (a wide field), behind dinosaurs as creatures that absolutely fascinated me. I think that is part of the reason this really resonates with me, as they have done such an ace design of conveying the sheer size of the behemoth that lurks below. I’ve not always been the biggest fan of Ron Howard’s work but this poster (hell and Brendan Gleeson) will probably get me through the cinema door.
I was not as huge a fan of Pacific Rim (2013) as many people. But that doesn’t mean I am not pretty darn excited for a sequel. Especially since I will never give up hope of a crossover with the re-booted Gareth Edwards Godzilla universe. Pacific Rim 2 (2017) is still an age away, but out of nowhere this little teaser poster surfaced a while back, I think on the film’s official facebook page. It is a testament to how a simple eye-catching image can suck a potential viewer in. I mean what the hell is down that whirlpool? Plus it is orientated in landscape which always provides for a slightly different aesthetic. I would love to be able to avoid all future images and trailers for the film and just go in with this image lodged in my mind. It will never happen of course, but I can hope.
Lastly is the film out of these that I am looking forward to the most – Jurassic World (2015). Jurassic Park (1993) is my favourite Spielberg film and is probably in my top 20 or so films of all time. On top of that, I really like both the sequels. Yes even Jurassic Park 3 (2001). That film has pterodactyls in a frickin glasshouse, I’m not exactly sure what more you could ask for. It’s against this background that I love the simplicity of the below poster, because for fans like me, that classic image has such memorable connotations. Oh I can’t wait for the park to be open again.