Monday, August 22, 2011

'Straw Dogs' Remake Finally Gets Good (Character) Posters

Everybody had lots to say, mostly negative, about the posters for Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs'. I certainly didn't like them. Too conceptual, not well executed.

Now, we get character one sheets for Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, and Alexander Skarsgård. These totally abandon the attempt at homage to the original poster in favor of a contemporary take that works. The taglines are a bit obvious maybe but they delineate each character's motivation pretty clearly (a necessary thing I think) and the graphics will appeal to younger moviegoers, who probably couldn't have cared less this is a remake of a Dustin Hoffman movie from before they were born and, to whom, the first poster(s), which were a tad cerebral, meant little.

Far more on-the-nose, much cooler looking, more accessible. A good move.

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