Try Again

Is it that hard to create a movie poster that makes it seen as if the lead actors actually posed together in the same realm? Whoever did this King’s Speech one-sheet for the Weinstein Co. didn’t try hard enough. Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter “agree” to some extent, but the incongruent pasting of Geoffrey Rush reminds me of the quality of international action-flick posters that I’ve seen at the American Film Market.

And why didn’t these three pose together in costume during filming? It used to be a relatively common practice.

Incidentally: Movieline’s Stu Van Airsdale dislikes this poster even more than myself.

  • Rashad

    There’s another poster released, that awards daily has up.

  • Sakic

    My biggest pet peeve about movie posters is when a group of the actors is lined up and none of the names correspond to the actor below.

    The first time I noticed this is when I saw the Steel Magnolia poster.

    I know it’s probably in the actors’ contracts who gets first billing, etc. But it still drives me crazy.

  • Dan Revill

    Terrible poster for sure. I buy the occasional poster off eBay, but this year’s crop of movie posters has been terrible. I think that Toy Story 3 & Inception have been the only ones that I’ve bought in the past 6 months. What happened to the artistry?

  • MrTribeca

    Forget artistry. It’s done this way so the art will also work on retail packaging when the film makes its way to DVD, Blu-ray etc.

    The smaller form factor relies on having two or three large key images to get its message across.

  • Mr. F.

    Say what you will about the art — and yes, it is terrible — but that’s a fantastic tagline.

  • hiviper

    photoshop kiddies coming out of art school with no real retouching skills

  • Billy

    OMG Harvey! You approved this? It looks like Rush is the wacky Tom Postoneeque neighbor in a BBC sitcom! I’ve seen this movie. The poster needs to be Colin standing behind a huge microphone in front of a huge crowd looking at the mike with a scared shitless look. Get on it today. You’re welcome.

  • Terry McCarty

    The poster art reminds me more of a Britcom like 1985’s A PRIVATE FUNCTION than a True-Life Story.

  • Wrecktem


    As for 2010 posters, the recent stuff coming from Disney for Tron Legacy has been hot. Best key art since Inception.

  • Mark

    The Next Three Days has some interesting art in addition to the McQueenish one Jeffrey linked to earlier.

  • Marty Melville

    Once in a blue moon, a good movie poster comes along (V FOR VENDETTA springs to mind)… but mostly we get Photoshopped head shots against candy-colored clouds for rom-coms or Photoshopped head shots against steel-grey landscapes for action pix.

    But this KING’S SPEECH poster is a new low… it makes an odds-on Oscar winner look like a straight-to-video loser.

  • corey3rd

    it looks like a sex farce. “Carry On Royalty”

  • Krillian

    If i was doing the poster, I’d use that shot int he trailer of Firth stepping before the mike in front of a large crowd not looking comfortable at all.

  • K. Bowen

    What a horrendous poster! Here are three moderately famous actors doing God knows what.