Last November I wrote about the striking use of white employed in the poster for Clint Eastwood’s new political biopic/sports movie Invictus. This simple but rather wonderful one-sheet for Creation (left, click to enlarge) ups the ante with a whole lot more nothingness; it’s a strikingly elegant, uncluttered image that uses empty space to maximum effect.
Paul Bettany, who plays Charles Darwin, reaches for an ET-esque touching fingers moment with a monkey; anybody who doesn’t understand the connection between Darwin and monkeys ought to, erm, see something else. At the moment it’s unclear which poster will be used for the film’s Australian marketing materials (it opens here April 1) so let’s hope this one gets a Guernsey. There’s another, semi-decent one out there and one cringe-worthy alternative that embraces the biggest stereotype in poster designing, which we shall call the attack of the big heads.
Directed by Jon Amiel, who helmed the flimsy tunnel-to-the-centre-of-the-earth disaster flick The Core (2003), Creation experienced difficulty obtaining a U.S. release (it opened in the States this week) which was reportedly due to the relatively small amount of Americans who actually believe in evolution.
At time of writing the film is sitting on a 42% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which suggests critical opinion is – at best – divided. The trailer (watch it below) certainly makes it look pretty hammy.