From all appearances, Alfonso Cuaron’s new space adventure Gravity is going to be a movie with some serious legs. Not only is the film stunning enough to warrant multiple viewings, but the story, though simple, is textured, thematically dense, and so open to interpretation at times that the more you watch it, the more you’ll take away. Assuming, of course, that you’re not overly prone to motion sickness. Comparisons to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey are a bit of a stretch, not to mention way premature, but you can already tell Gravity has found a deep seeded home with fans. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with this gallery of fan-made posters for the harrowing film that have already hit the metaphorical airwaves.
The posters that Warner Bros. released for the film were fine, but they were nothing special. Many of these capture the look and feel of the film flawlessly, and, as usual, showcase the crazy ass graphic talents of many fans lurking out there in the world. These images run the gamut from simple and minimalist to a classic, pulp style drawing. One even makes Gravity look like a psychedelic horror flick, superimposing a floating astronaut over that giant, insane looking eye. You can’t help but think of hallucinating space men running around, fighting LSD fueled monsters when you look at this poster.
Out of all of these, my favorites are the couple where most of the open space is taken up by expansive views of space, with the title placed small, near the bottom of the one sheet. These pieces perfectly portray the core of Gravity. There’s a sense of loneliness, of isolation that infuses the film, and that is on full display in these two posters.
The poster where the artist tries to encapsulate Cuaron’s constantly moving camera is a cool idea, but one that leaves something to be desired. This is a valiant attempt, but it is such a difficult sensation to capture in a static image that the project seems doomed from the start.
I’m also a big fan of the black and charcoal grey offering where the astronaut floats away down that ever-expanding tube. You can’t help but think of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo when you look at this. Granted, Vertigo has nothing to do with space, but in Gravity Cuaron certainly uses some of the rules and tropes the master of suspense laid out for creating tension in film. Practically the entire movie is one long countdown, one long clock ticking down to zero.
Take a look at all of these posters and let us know which ones are your favorite in the comments.