Children of Men Poster Analysis IMPROVED IN COMMENTS

Children of Men is a 2006 Sc-Fi Thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón and 93% of critics like it

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This poster is black, which draws attention to the white surrounding the foetus. The foetus appears to be an enigma, it is a singular light source in a pitch black setting, however it is isolated (a typical thriller theme), conveying how, in the film, there is no visible hope of new life, the only possibility of hope is hidden in the darkness. However the foetus itself is not the virtuous white, it is a kind of peach colour, displaying how this hope may not solve all of the problems, as the text on the poster says,  ‘all that can change/in a Heartbeat’. Note that it’s only ‘can,’ not ‘will,’ this is not a definitive way out of the problems (chiefly that of not being able to procreate) that the society in the film are facing.

Furthermore, the text on the poster is quite unconventional, not many modern film posters have this kind of prolonged writing on them. Since this poster is nearly all black, and quite empty, the viewer is drawn to look at the text. This displays how the film is intense, as if reading is required, more focus has to be given than if one was to just passively look upon a poster. A lot of thriller posters aim to show their intensity through bold fonts and colours, this poster, however, opts to be striking by being emptier, and using a generic-looking font (it looks like Times New Roman), thereby standing out against other posters.Furthermore, none of the main characters are shown on this poster, instead the focus is on the ideas presented through the foetus and the text, displaying how the film is very idea driven.

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2 thoughts on “Children of Men Poster Analysis IMPROVED IN COMMENTS

    • The lack of setting or location further develops the typical thriller theme of isolation, in this poster as the isolated foetus isn’t really anywhere, it cannot be accessed by anyone or anything, nor access anyone or anything.

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