Poster of a Girl: The Joy of Jen

Wow, I haven’t taken a current look at movie posters since March (outside of theme weeks that is). Considering that this is one of the simplest articles to write for me, this is kind of surprising. Anyway, here we go again.

Wouldn’t that poster be great if Stallone wasn’t on it? I mean, it would also be nice if he wasn’t photoshopped so badly but still… Couldn’t we have enjoyed Michael B. Jordan all by himself? There is a certain “behind every black hero there is a white mentor“ vibe here that I dislike. But I don’t know how the movie itself handles that.

If you get over the fact that this is supposed to be Keanu Reeves, you might sigh like me at the sight of another woman, hidden behind a man with a gun. It’s almost a positive sign that her name is mentioned on the poster.

Yes, it’s a spoof, ha ha ha ha ha ha, but it still uses a very sexist image to sell that spoof. It’s not like it’s making fun of the sexism of Grey which allows it to go that direction. The poster definitely does not make me want to see this movie, that’s for sure.

It is subtle, but isn’t there a certain victimization going on here? Or, to look at this from another way, could you imagine the same image with a man?

Yes, there are some (minor) problems with The Hunger Games overall, but it is still an extraordinary franchise with its depiction of a dystopian society and ideas of revolution. Anyway, even if the movies were bad, this is an awesome poster, celebrating Jennifer Lawrence as the ultimate female hero, “as unquenchable as the sun,” but without focusing her gender in any way. I love it, it’s great.

When I see a poster like this, all my alarms go off right away. Why does the poster show Africa? Is the movie about the whole continent? No, it’s about Uganda. So why does the poster indicate something else? Because of our image that everything is the same in Africa and that there are no differences between the countries. And when a poster about a movie from an African doesn’t even make that distinction, it shows how strong our image is.

Just like Mockingjay, this shows the power and glory of Jennifer Lawrence as the female character we have to focus on. What another great poster showing the wonder of female power, again without emphasizing her body or anything gender specific. I can't wait to see this movie (despite its mixed reviews).

A very intriguing poster that questions the façade so many people build up, especially for their families. The poster finds a great way of uncovering that pretence, without really telling what the movie is about. It’s great.

I know, Nia Vardalos is Greek, so she gets a pass for making fun of Greeks, but that tagline is just… wrong. Don’t even ask me why this movie even exists.

There is a lot of strong female presence noticeable in those posters at the moment. I mean, this doesn’t do anything special but it wants to sell the movie solely on the idea of those two funny actresses playing sisters and that’s an achievement in itself I think.

Yes, this one again. Just like the movie itself, the poster is a success in focusing on its female lead, even though it’s an unknown actress and a new character at this point. When most posters used to hide their females or don’t name them, the biggest movie of the year puts her right in the centre of everything.

Finally, another great entry. That poster is just great, with a funny image that doesn’t really tell you too much, a great title that is somewhat subtle about its punchline and Tina Fey (again) being all that is necessary to make you want to see the movie. Despite some typically bad examples, this one helps the impression that things might get better after all.