This is going to be a short and sweet review on an aspect of media that I think about more often than not in the scheme of things. Many of us take for granted the impact that movie posters have in advertising/displaying/showcasing the symbolic and meaningful quality of a film. Matthew Chojnacki tackles the subject of “Alternative Movie Posters”, a compilation of posters from films as displayed in various locales and times from a wide variety of different artists. I was surprised to see how many individual contributions were showcased in this collection. While they vary in quality and personal appeal to me, I appreciated hearing the snippets of backstory behind the creation of each poster. Some of the designs in this were directly taken from aspects related to the films they showcase, and some were products of the time and place in which they were created surrounding the film. It made me crave a time when movie posters used to have more diversity to them, because I always appreciated the kind of thought, creativity and expansion that such posters had compared to the usually photoshopped graphics we see today in many posters (The one that’s coming to mind is “Thor: The Dark World”, though I’m laughing about it because I think of the photoshopped fan version that was showcased in China and that sold its point just as much.)
In any case, I think if you’re a media/film buff who wants to partake in this lost collection of movie posters from a wide variety of films past and present, this is a worthwhile addition to your collection. I very much enjoyed the read for the time taken to peruse it.
Overall score: 4/5 stars
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.