Looking Back: The Top 10 Best Official Movie Posters from 2010
by Ethan Anderton
December 31, 2010
I absolutely love movie posters. Starting from my first job at the local movie theater to my online scouring tactics to get ahold of all my favorite prints, I can't seem to stop hoarding glorious posters despite the lack of open wall space at my own home. While they're most easily described as just another form of marketing for a studio trying to get an audience into a theater, there are some posters that are just as beautiful as art. Hell, certain movie posters are even better than some of the art that's been making its way to museums lately. But anyway, this isn't an art blog, so let's get down to my choices for the 10 Best Movie Posters from 2010.
Just so we're clear, I've only decided to consider posters that were officially released by a studio. They can be foreign films, and may be a little bigger than your standard 27×40 movie poster size, but you won't find any unofficial posters here. While I love Olly Moss' work for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows and Eric Tan's Mondo posters for Tron Legacy, it just didn't seem fair to include their work without being able to consider the plethora of fan created prints out there. So without further adieu, here's my picks best posters of 2010.
#10 - Toy Story 3
Colorful, vibrant and combining all our favorite toys of the past with characters from Sunnyside Day Care, this poster doesn't even need a title for audiences to know exactly what movie this poster is hyping.
#9 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Despite the fact that his poster is for both parts of the epic finale, the dark imagery of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is simultaneously beautiful and haunting. Since we didn't see this tragedy unfold in Part I of the epic franchise finale, you can be sure plenty of action is right around for corner with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.
#8 - Devil
Though the appearance of M. Night Shyamalan's name in the trailer garnered snickers from audiences, this poster is more subtle and impressive than the filmmaker's career as of late. Focusing on the isolated location for the film's primary spooky happenings, the light behind these elevator doors creates an alternate, foreboding version of a certain religious symbol and literally turns it on its head to represent the evil that lurks within.
#7 - Predators
Though many posters simply featured the cast wandering around the jungle, this poster takes the viewpoint of the Predators in the film and goes the extra mile by showing its victims in the trademark heat vision that was so masterfully used in the original film. Though it's simple, and obscures Adrien Brody's face, this was definitely my favorite poster for the film.
#6 - Tron Legacy
We've featured more than a few Tron Legacy posters, but it was this awesome throwback to the original Tron poster that struck me as the most stunning. Fortunately, those who attended the Tron Night preview in October got a small version of this theatrical poster, but I think I need to get my hands on a full size version.
#5 - The Next Three Days
An overlooked thriller from earlier this year, Paul Haggis' loses the melodrama with The Next Three Days and delivers a decent thriller. And while the mosaic of notes, maps and more making up Russell Crowe's face is cool on its own, once you've seen the film, this poster becomes all the more relevant.
#4 - Black Swan
I liked the art-deco promo posters for Black Swan as much as everyone else, but this poster for Darren Aronofsky's dark masterpiece is my favorite. The imagery is subtly haunting by taking Natalie Portman's pristine face and putting a porcelain crack right down the side of it. A great image for Portman's dark turn towards becoming the Black Swan.
#3 - Inception
This M.C. Escher-inspired (see here) poster is just the surface of all the twisted dream levels that make up the mind-boggling story of Inception. Your mind is the scene of the crime, but it might also be the scene of some hard-hitting headaches if you ever got lost in the twisted city on this poster.
#2 - Let Me In
The stark imagery of a near-perfect snow angel tainted by blood nearly sums up the conflicted character of Abby in Matt Reeves' Let Me In. It's the difficulty that comes with looking like a child, but having to act like a monster just to live that's ever-present and using something as childish as a snow angel with the haunting image of blood around it just gives me goosebumps.
#1 - Buried
It's the bold simplicity of this poster that makes it my absolutely #1 top favorite of the year. No names, no title, and you can't tell that Ryan Reynolds is even inside that box, buried by darkness of this beautiful teaser poster. While the Saul Bass inspired poster for this same film was also very impressive, it was this poster alone that got me absolutely pumped to see this flick.
Well those are my choices for the best posters of 2010. Surely many of you have some different ideas and favorite posters, so feel free to sound off in the comments below. Thanks to our friends at IMPAwards for the inspiration and images! As for finishing the year, stay tuned for a few more lists looking back at film in 2010 as the end of the year looms nearer. Thoughts on the best posters of 2010? Did we miss any?
The Let Me In poster isn't her making snow angels, it's her killing a child that did and flying off with the body.
pickle tits on Dec 31, 2010
Great list. Love the Tron poster. I also liked the "I Want You to Kick Ass" poster for Kick Ass.
Steve on Dec 31, 2010
too bad Tron and Devil were underwhelming.
Xerxex on Dec 31, 2010
great list?ive seen better posters out there..the hp7 one looks poorly photoshoped,devil...red elevator..lame.....let me in...snow angel?wtf? u coulda done a way better job on this list...how is the buried poster even better than inception's???
Spider94 on Dec 31, 2010
My most favorite among yours Alex is Buried, i just saw the movie a week ago and i was amazed by how simple the movie even was and how everything was straight forward.I am a big fan of Ryan and i was so amazed by his performance in the movie he did a brilliant job as the main protagonist of the movie, my second poster comes in is Inception with the huge amount of mind twisting that took place in the movie to me it's considered as my movie of the year.
Fisherr on Dec 31, 2010
good year 🙂
A5J4DX on Dec 31, 2010
A comment on the poster for 'Devil' .... while in contemporary times an upside down cross is used as a symbol of the devil, traditionally (and even to this day) it has also been used as the symbol for St. Peter, regarded by Catholics as the first pope. Tradition holds that St. Peter was crucified upside-down.
Edward C. on Dec 31, 2010
The Last Exorcism and Piranha had good posters IMO.
Lincoln on Jan 1, 2011
Hmmm, I know Saw 3d was a terrible movie but that poster showing John Kramer as a statue being built is epic. I can't believe you missed it off this list. Oh wait I can.
Link1983 on Jan 1, 2011
A recommendation: http://www.ultrafeel.tv/wp-content/uploads/image/art/advertisement/sennentuntschi.jpg It’s a swiss movie and I absolutely loved it. Though I usually disgust native movies, I enjoyed this one a whole lot. Imo, this is one of the most interesting posters of the year, since it tells a lot of little stories within the poster which are all included in the movie in some way!
thedude on Jan 1, 2011
@thedude- Cool Poster! =D
sharktopus on Jan 1, 2011
wait the devil ? but no true grit??????? the next three days but no Blue Valentine??????? Umm ok? I guess.
I have no name on Jan 1, 2011
The http://www.impawards.com/2010/inception_ver12.html and http://www.impawards.com/2010/inception_ver13.html versions of the Inception posters were better. Buried was a very good poster and movie too. Ryan Reynolds was great in it (so to speak).
casting couch on Jan 2, 2011
LOL @ Buried, the poster is just as dumb as the movie.
norm on Jan 2, 2011
people who liked Buried poster = high or drunk while posting. The movie however, was interesting.
adrien on Jan 2, 2011
It is an opinion-based discussion, why all the shit towards his personal favorite posters? High or drunk while posting? How does that even make sense? Whatever, I guess. Hate on, cool guys. P.S. Great list, Alex, wish I could find that Toy Story poster anywhere near here, may just order it.
dustin fuston on Jan 2, 2011
@ dustin fuston i ain't a hater, i actually like Anderton's posts. And i actually read the post and who is the creator. And Buried poster? Not for me. Black swan poster however, was cool. Saw it in the banner for this post yet it's not here 😛 Ok, not high or drunk, but confused. PS. i don't know but i've been told, eskimo pussy is mighty cold.
adrien on Jan 2, 2011
I love the Black Swan poster. Maybe it's my biased because I love the movie so much. Wish the would have dropped the goofy HP7 from the Harry Potter poster.
Haz on Jan 3, 2011
People seem have forgotting about The Expendables last year????????????????????
UK on Jan 4, 2011
Really? Tron but not True Grit? The Tron one is lame.
Peace Love & GaGa on Jan 4, 2011
My only problem is that 6 out of 10 still display the orange/teal thing prominently. 🙁
Me on Jan 7, 2011
On impawards.com they also consider this poster as the best of the Black Swan campaign and i still think its the worst one. Its a good poster. But the art-deco, the one with the feathers and the one with the red eyes were even better. http://www.impawards.com/2010/posters/black_swan_ver8.jpg http://www.impawards.com/2010/posters/black_swan_xlg.jpg
Sans_fi on Jan 19, 2011
Nice poster & movies too.
Corporate Logo Design on May 18, 2011
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