Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Poll About a Poster: The Women

I don't know about this newly released poster for The Women (src). You see, on one hand I think "It's obvious to anyone who has seen the trailer that these five women were on the set together. Was it so hard to get them to stand together for a photo shoot?" and then I think "But, then again, they did that with Sex and the City and look what happened there!" And then I think "Wow, Meg Ryan's hair is massive" (also very Carrie Bradshaw, actually) and then lastly I think "At least they look like their heads are attached to their bodies, which is always a good thing when designing poster art." So I leave it up to you...


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11 comments:

Dave said...

It looks to me like all five of them have grown out of the same central mass, like some kind of lab experiment gone wrong.

Eva Mendes has really won me round recently, but unless this somehow gets good reviews I'm not going near it. Apart from to cry 'sacrilege!' as loud as possible.

J.D. said...

I'm too distracted by Annette Bening's weird impression of a chipmunk and/or Vanessa Williams to be distracted by Meg Ryan's hair.

Neel Mehta said...

I was just about to post, "They made Annette Bening look like Vanessa Williams. I didn't think that was possible."

But j.d. beat me to it, and frankly, I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees it.

Glenn said...

Oh dear, I hadn't even noticed that. That's... frightening.

Can I just point out that it annoys me how Annette is looking in a completely different direction to Pinkett, Messing and Ryan (who are all looking at Mendes). Bening is just looking elsewhere. Maybe at her makeup artist...?

Dame James Henry said...

At least on the original, they managed to get some publicity shots with the three leads and Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford hated each other. What's their excuse?

Rural Juror said...

They are REALLY trying to Carrie Bradshaw Meg Ryan there. She does not look like that.

adam k. said...

I voted "when bad posters strike" cause not only did they photoshop it, but they photoshopped it in a way that made absolutely no spatial sense. It's like a collage with magazine clippings. There is no ground, sky, or spatial relationship from one woman to the next. In fact, some are just plain crooked, so as not to exist in the same spatial plane as the others.

I also think it's worth noting that Eva Mendes is the largest in the photo, and also the one wearing the least clothing.

adam k. said...

OK, well it's not so much crooked as just being cut off in areas where the rest of their bodies should be visible. But you get what I mean. Lame, lame job.

Glenn said...

See, I thought about that but then just went back to the old "well, at least they have necks" argument, which is more than I could say for Kim Cattrall on the S&tC poster I linked to.

Although, perhaps, turning Annette Bening into Wilhemina Slater counters that?

JA said...

I feel like... I looked at it quickly and liked what I thought they were going for, but then I looked at it for a second longer and no, it ain't working. I think they should've went further with the "everybody's a clipping growing out of the same place" aesthetic and made it really crazy, with all the actresses in the film obviously photoshopped together coming out from the center, which was what it looked like at first. There's no art to the mass they've constructed here. It could've been something interesting, but it's just lazy. Which, I have a feeling, will be the story for the entire movie, alas.

Catherine said...

J.D. and neel mehta, YES! I was just about to wonder how Wilhemnina Slater got onto the set. I have a feeling it would be a better film if she did...