‘A Single Man’ poster

Posted by · 2:55 am · November 5th, 2009

Talk about a missed opportunity. The film boasts one of the year’s most unique visual sensibilities and the best they can do is slap Tom Ford’s trademark lettering over an already-ubiquitous still? And call me cynical, but are they trying to hide the fact that it’s about a gay man? Anyway, thanks to Glenn for pointing it out.

A Single Man




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  • 1 11-05-2009 at 4:07 am

    geha714 said...

    ¿Are they trying to hide the fact that it’s about a gay man?

    IMHO… Yes.

  • 2 11-05-2009 at 4:27 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Wow. What a boring poster.

  • 3 11-05-2009 at 5:11 am

    The Other James D. said...

    What is WRONG with posters these days?

    It’s baffling that such a striking trailer could have such a subdued poster in contrast.

  • 4 11-05-2009 at 5:40 am

    aspect ratio said...

    It may not necessarily be so much about hiding that it’s about a gay man as it is wanting to put the two marketable actors in the film on the poster, and honestly I’d rather see that image than it being a “floating” heads poster or something like that, just because they need to cram both Firth and Moore onto it.

    That said, it’s a pretty dull poster. The image isn’t terrible, but the overall design lacks all and any kind of sensibility and proportion, an amateur effort.

  • 5 11-05-2009 at 5:48 am

    Alex said...

    If I knew nothing about this film, I’d think it it some stylish 60s set romance starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

    Most people would rather see that film (or be sold that film). You can’t blame TWC.

  • 6 11-05-2009 at 6:34 am

    Bryan said...

    Ummm, people actually get paid to make these?

    (Then again, Michael Bay gets paid to make Transformers.)

  • 7 11-05-2009 at 6:39 am

    Armando said...

    Tom Ford: Great fashion designer but horrible at graphics (I’m guessing he had something to do with the poster).

  • 8 11-05-2009 at 7:22 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m guessing he had very little to do with the poster, actually.

  • 9 11-05-2009 at 7:57 am

    Joel said...

    Horrible.

  • 10 11-05-2009 at 8:20 am

    Ryan said...

    I wouldn’t call it horrible, but it definitely was a missed opportunity. The trailer was SO good, we all wanted the poster to be just as good.

    But I don’t necessarily think they’re hiding the gay story as much as they are highlighting Firth and Moore. Not really complaining about that.

  • 11 11-05-2009 at 8:21 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    You guys have weird taste. There are so many badly photoshopped poster art in the world that something simple and elegant gets dogged for not being loud and gaudy.

  • 12 11-05-2009 at 8:41 am

    Benito Delicias said...

    this is just awful….I don’t have a problem with a movie like this having a single shot from the film as the poster, but there must be a better shot than this one…which is basically the same that has been going around everywhere…

    it does look like an international poster, which is not always a compliment, it looks like those posters that barely make an effort, the header is what makes it like that…the huge title the venice thing and the two actors like that, that’s international poster right there….

    it doesn’t look good…

  • 13 11-05-2009 at 9:27 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Nobody’s asking for anything loud and gaudy. I just want something as distinctively stylized as the film. And one that gives even a faint inkling of, you know, what the hell it’s about.

  • 14 11-05-2009 at 9:42 am

    interstellar said...

    the poster is beautiful , but now it looks like it’s a woody allen comedy….

  • 15 11-05-2009 at 10:20 am

    Marshall said...

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks Firth looks like Ewan MacGregor here…

  • 16 11-05-2009 at 1:48 pm

    BerkeleyGirl said...

    Julianne’s gorgeous – getting better every year – but also looks like a young Ann-Margret.

  • 17 11-05-2009 at 2:21 pm

    daveylow said...

    This poster is very similar to the one for An Education and it’s misleading, though the characters portrayed by Firth and Moore in the film did have a fling in years past. I wonder if TWC will come up with yet another poster as they continue to promote the film. They often change the look of their ads to go along with what they are trying to promote–Firth’s performance, best director, best screenplay, etc.

  • 18 11-05-2009 at 4:54 pm

    Benito Delicias said...

    to Marshall: yes…he looks like Ewan McGreggor…

    it’s just like the Funny People poster where Seth Rogen didn’t look like himself…he looked like….Colin Firth.

  • 19 11-05-2009 at 4:58 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    So, to complete the pattern, Ewan McGregor needs to look like Seth Rogen in the poster for his next movie.

  • 20 11-05-2009 at 6:11 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    No complaints from me: the image is glamorous and beautiful. And it has such an obvious gay sensibility that the mass audience would have to be pretty obtuse not to register that.

  • 21 11-05-2009 at 9:43 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Ah yes, for Ewan’s next film, a poster will be made of Jim Carrey gazing longingly into an oddly-Seth-Rogenish Ewan McGregor as one bends the other over a prison bunk.

    It could certainly both widen the audience *and* compensate for the lack of gay in this poster!

  • 22 11-16-2009 at 7:30 am

    Garth said...

    The film is called A SINGLE MAN . . . . . what in the hell is she doing there?

  • 23 2-11-2010 at 6:28 am

    Poppyseed said...

    I don’t know why people are complaining -It’s glamorous, chic, stylish and classy. In other words, something worthy of Tommy.

    Tom likes sutlety, ambiguity, sexiness; to do what some people are suggesting on this thread he would have to go for the literal and that’s rather boring….