Total disclosure: I love ensemble-cast movies. Seven Samurai, Ocean’s 11, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects….even He’s Just Not That Into You. I love all of these films.
I even like Garry Marshall, the man directing the upcoming movie New Year’s Eve. I thought his last ensemble movie, Valentine’s Day, was fun and entertaining.
New Year’s Eve features another giant ensemble cast, and with this many big names on the marquee, I’m sure it was hard to come up with a fair poster design.
But this? This just…sucks.
There’s no need to have both the names at the top, plus all the head shots taking up the bulk of the poster. What’s worse, they had to balance out the bottom row with two images NOT of the actors.
It feels clumsy and crowded and doesn’t make me want to rush into theaters to see the movie.
The movie trailers look cute enough, and the jokes seem solid. The setting of New Year’s Eve is something we’re all familiar with: excitement, nervousness, planning, frustration – even depression.
So why not play on those emotions to drag people into the theater? Why in the hell did they think 18 headshots squeezed onto a movie poster was a good idea?
Here’s the ensemble cast, just for the record: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.
The movie hits theaters on December 9th in the US and UK.
Let’s hope the movie turns out better than the poster!