‘The Fighter’ poster

Posted by · 10:23 am · October 19th, 2010

You know the drill.  We got a fluffy trailer.  Then we got a gritty trailer.  Now we get a poster.  The one-sheet for “The Fighter” was making the rounds yesterday but I held out for a high-res version, which you can check out for yourself after the jump.




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  • 1 10-19-2010 at 10:48 am

    Pete said...

    I was thinking this over when I saw the new trailer and the same thought has entered my head again when I saw this poster:

    Phrases like “Based on a true story” can now act as taglines? Really?

  • 2 10-19-2010 at 10:52 am

    Mike_M said...

    I like it… a nice take on a standard floating-head, but better.

  • 3 10-19-2010 at 11:01 am

    Graysmith said...

    Personally I prefer a simple “Based on a true story” to 95% of the cheesy taglines movie companies come up with.

    Anyway, as I commented earlier on AwardsDaily’s post, it seems pretty obvious they’re going for a Million Dollar Baby vibe with that black background. The main three actors are credited in the same style as that poster too, not that it’s some very unique way, but still.

    It’s nicely designed though, even if the photo doesn’t invoke a whole lot of anything (giving up? apathy?). You’d expect a bit more action out of a poster for a film named The Fighter, even if it’s not an all-out action movie or anything.

  • 4 10-19-2010 at 11:14 am

    JJ1 said...

    The poster looks good. The 2nd trailer looks good. Everyone in the cast looks like their giving good performances. I wonder if the movie will be good.

  • 5 10-19-2010 at 11:38 am

    Pete said...

    “Personally I prefer a simple “Based on a true story” to 95% of the cheesy taglines movie companies come up with.”

    If that’s the case then did you feal the same way about the whole “BASED… ON… A… TRUE… STORY” bit in the second trailer?

  • 6 10-19-2010 at 12:11 pm

    Duncan Houst said...

    My low expectations remain low for the time being.

  • 7 10-19-2010 at 12:14 pm

    Pete said...

    And just look at the wrinkles on their foreheads!

  • 8 10-19-2010 at 12:35 pm

    Michael said...

    reminds me of Gran Torino poster. (which is not a bad thing b/c I liked that movie)

  • 9 10-19-2010 at 1:03 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Pete,

    There’s no excuse for bad execution, I’m just saying I’d rather it be that than something like “GET READY TO FIGHT”.

  • 10 10-19-2010 at 1:32 pm

    Pete said...

    Certainly. And I can’t say that “Based on a true story” is a bad choice for this movie (though, again, I didn’t much like the use in the trailer). And it seems to perfectly match the sheer genericness of the movie’s title, though I can only hope that this is an intentional artisitc choice.

    And hey, just think of how well this phrase was mined by Coens in Fargo. Of course they did it subversively, but still.

  • 11 10-19-2010 at 1:56 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    I like the trailer but this poster is pretty bad. The juxtaposition of the actors’ names and the title is an interesting choice, but does no favors to the poster’s balance. Aside from that, there’s too much negative space over Whalberg’s head.

  • 12 10-19-2010 at 2:37 pm

    Mike said...

    There seems to be a lot of wasted space. But I like it.

  • 13 10-19-2010 at 2:44 pm

    Gareth Thomas said...

    Interesting that Bale is in the foreground here when Whalberg is the star. Looks like he’s going to be front and centre in their oscar campaign…

  • 14 10-19-2010 at 3:03 pm

    B.D.. said...

    Surprised Wahlberg agreed to let anyone else on the poster.

  • 15 10-19-2010 at 3:04 pm

    matsunaga said...

    In this poster, it seems like Bale is the lead and Wahlberg is the support.. Pretty misleading…

  • 16 10-19-2010 at 4:27 pm

    Joe W said...

    Looks like it was cut and pasted in MS Paint

  • 17 10-19-2010 at 5:59 pm

    Glenn said...

    Why isn’t Melissa Leo being mentioned on the trailers or the poster?

  • 18 10-19-2010 at 6:58 pm

    Otto said...

    I guess it’s because her role is really small

  • 19 10-19-2010 at 7:03 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I’d prefer Bale absent from the poster. A shirtless, rippled Wahlberg, soaked in sweat, in shinny boxing shorts would do the trick.

    Again Melissa Leo – recent Best Actress nominee receives no mention. Yes I’m aware she’s not a commercial draw. However this film wants to position itself as a serious awards contender – Leo being an Academy Award nominee adds a since of pedigree to the proceedings.

  • 20 10-19-2010 at 7:04 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    a sense of

  • 21 10-19-2010 at 8:13 pm

    Pete said...

    I have to wonder where the brains of the people who say they think Wahlberg looks like a supporting player in this are. Seriously, use your brains and don’t just the balance of power in the poster sorely by the fact that Bale is in the foreground.

    The two characters seem at least eqaully important.

  • 22 10-19-2010 at 10:08 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Yet again, I must say that one of the objectives of a movie poster is to give some idea to the audience on what to expect in the film… As for an ordinary person without an idea about the film’s plot, the first look might seems like Bale is the lead for being the foreground. The billing at the top was totally fine though.

    Now I guess maybe the film will have more of Bale, but it’s on Wahlberg where the story will revolve?

  • 23 10-20-2010 at 12:17 am

    Collin said...

    Melissa Leo will have the last laugh when she and Bale get their nominations and Mark Wahlberg is shut out. Too old and too bulked up to be Mickey Ward, he obviously cared more about his vanity than accuracy.

  • 24 10-20-2010 at 10:39 pm

    Leone said...

    the use of negative space catches the eye and really cuts through clutter. I’m sick of busy movie posters – this looks classy. I wonder why no Melissa Leo on the poster – she’s an Oscar nominee, Wahlberg is an Oscar nominee and Amy Adams is an Oscar Nominee….. and from the sounds of it, bale will be too…. SOON!