A movie poster can often be overlooked, but a great one can really help a film stand out. A truly great movie poster can tell you everything you need to know about the movie just by one look of the poster. The style, tone, and overall feel of a movie can be depicted just by the movie poster. I have narrowed my list down to the ten films of 2016 that have multiple great movie posters. Some films like Jackie and The Lobster for example, have really good main movie posters, but not much else really stands out. These 10 films all have multiple movie posters that really stand out, and say a lot about the movie. They are very creative in many different ways and fit the movies their promoting perfectly. So without further ado, here are the ten best films with the best movie poster/artwork. (In order alphabetically.)
The Birth of a Nation filmmaker, Nate Parker, really wanted to make his posters stand out, and certainly did so in a bold and courageous way. His posters are very bleak and sinister, but affecting nevertheless. The first “American flag” poster is probably the most creative. Using real people as the red stripes on the flag to signify the hardiness, valour, and blood of war. And the “noose” poster, with one look, will be burned in your mind.
The way Deadpool has been advertised this year has been nothing short of brilliant. All the posters are very creative in a funny way that not only makes fun of how the typical movie posters are advertised, but also humorously treats the superhero Deadpool like a sex symbol. There are very small details like in the third poster with Deadpool wearing a pink backpack that are funny, but not in an obvious way. It really tells you that the creators put a lot of thought into promoting the movie and really signifies what made the movie so unique from other superhero films.
The posters for Doctor Strange are very stylish and trippy. Like a poster you would see in the 70s. Each one perfectly teases the incredible visuals and special effects that will be shown in the film. Simply just gorgeous to look at.
For a low-budget, independent film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a surprisingly large amount of promotional posters. They are all great in their own way. Some show the entire ensemble, while others show just the main characters. Each one offers its own humor and charm with a delightful color palette that match the film perfectly.
Kubo and the Two Strings is arguably the best animated movie of the year, and certainly the best looking. The film offers a combination of both CGI and stop-motion animation that makes it beautiful to watch and very unique from other modern animated films. I can say a lot of the same things about its posters as well. They are all gorgeous and the artwork is top-notch. My personal favorite is the fourth one that showcases beautiful design and landscapes with a comforting fall color palette.
My favorite movie of the year is also one of the best looking. It only makes sense that the posters would be as beautiful as the film itself! I could hang each one of these three posters in my room, and my personal favorite is the second one that creatively showcases piano keys, and the films main characters faded underneath.
I could only find one poster from the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, but it is easily one of my favorite posters of the year. Everything you need to know about the film is in this one poster. Does everything a poster needs to do and more.
The Neon Demon probably has the best selection of movie posters out of any film of 2016. Just google “The Neon Demon movie posters” and you will find dozens of different ones that are all fantastic in their own way. Each one is stylish and offers eye-popping neon color schemes.The film is one of the best looking of the year, and maybe has the best cinematography of 2016, so I’m not surprised at all that the artwork put into the posters are as great as they are.
The Nice Guys is another beautiful looking film that takes place during 1977 in Los Angeles. You can tell just by looking at the posters that all bring out a 70s vibe to them. What’s also great is the separate character description posters that you can find online!
And last but certainly not least is the criminally underrated film Sing Street. This specific film takes place in 1980s Dublin. The posters do a great job of bringing out the 80s vibe and feel for the film. You know what you are getting yourself into just by looking at the posters. They also offer fantastic art design, especially in the first poster shown above. I also love the third poster that is cleverly a vinyl record player.