October 21, 2008

Movie Poster Review: Ocean’s Eleven

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Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven


This poster for Ocean’s Eleven is very well done.  I’ve always been drawn to design that’s more simplistic, whether it’s in relation to color, shape, symmetry, line, etc.

The poster relies on prior knowledge.  It doesn’t actually say “Ocean’s Eleven” anywhere; there is just a large red 11.  However, the famous names in the cast are listed, along with a label for their character.  In this case, the big names are expected to draw in the audience to see this movie.  Yet, by keeping all of the character’s faces hidden, it shows that the ensemble as a whole is more important than one particular person.

There are only four colors used in this movie poster: black, grey, white, and red.  The straightforwardness of this decision has many affects.  It draws attention, explains a bit of the plot (the setting is in a casino, and the colors are similar to those found on playing cards), and shows the “facelessness” of all of the men.

The red 11 initially grabs the viewer’s attention, and then the long lines lead the viewer in.  The red, black, and white all complement and contrast one another; each part stands out individually, but they still fit together.

If I had to change this movie poster, I would have all eleven people visible in some way at the top.  However, I can see how this could make the design not as clean and neat; it could be too cluttered.  The viewer does get the point that the film is about eleven dark-suited men.  I would also add the title of the film in somewhere.  When advertising a movie, it seems that an important element is word of mouth, and knowing the name of the movie is important when discussing it.

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