Poor Things has this year's most artistic movie posters

Poor Things posters
(Image credit: Searchlight Pictures)

Poor Things is getting rave reviews, and not just from film critics. Its poster designs are also going down a storm among those longing for the return of a more artistic approach to movie posters.

A series of poster designs has been released for steampunk fantasy black comedy, and they feature Emma Stone with various painterly interventions. Surely a contender for our pick of the best movie posters of the year, the designs show that film posters don't have to be all floating heads.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos from a screenplay by Tony McNamara, Poor Things stars Stone as a young woman who is brought back to life by a scientist and runs off on a whirlwind international adventure. The film won a Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and many seem to think its posters deserve an award too.

The designs are the work of Athens-based graphic designer Vasilis Marmatakis. He's been a regular collaborator of Lanthimos's designing posters for The Lobster, Dogtooth and The Favourite among others, and his work always has an intelligent but eye-catching approach.

Unlike the floating head posters many studios tend to insist on, these designs take a more impressionistic approach to communicating films' themes. And they elicit intrigue through beautiful and unique compositions rather than throwing everything on the page.

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Poor Things is due for release on December 8 2023. For more inspiration, see our pick of the best movie posters of all time. If you're looking to upgrade your own tools, see our pick of the best graphic design software.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.