The 20 Best Movie Posters of 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Poster

6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

While I could do without the shoehorned image of Baby Groot in the lower left-hand corner, the rest of this poster is still good enough to make this one of the best posters of 2017. Each of the key heroes in the Marvel sequel get their own mix tape spine artwork that looks like it was drawn by hand in high school.

Good Time Poster

5. Good Time

What I love about this poster, aside from the fact that it’s illustrated, is that it feels straight out of the 1980s. It conveys the wild style of the film and the insane night ahead for this character without really telling us what the movie is about. That bottle is key, but in order to find out why, we’ll have to watch the movie. The poster raises just enough questions (especially since it stars Robert Pattinson) to get audiences interested, and it’s a fantastic image too.

Ingrid Goes West Poster

4. Ingrid Goes West

This poster could have easily been created in a more lazy fashion by just splitting a single image into a grid and making it appear like a collection of Instagram posters. But instead, it was made to look like a genuine mosaic by having the lines on the lips and eyebrows not quite match up. Putting the tagline on the “follow” button of this faux Instagram page is a nice little detail that makes this a perfect movie poster.

The Shape of Water Poster

3. The Shape of Water

This poster is almost as gorgeous as Guillermo del Toro’s movie itself. It almost looks like the cover of a novel rather than a movie poster. The way the seaweed flows like Sally Hawkins’ hair and the union of her character with the fish man is simply stunning. We need more posters like this in movie theaters.

Mother Poster

2. Mother!

The details in this illustration are magnificent, and there’s even more to notice when you take a much closer look. Much of the imagery here won’t make much sense until after you’ve seen the movie (and maybe not even then), but take notice of the face under the leaf on the far left, bottom side. Also look at the center of some of the flowers for a couple more interesting details. It’s perplexing and beautiful all at once.

Alien Covenant Poster

1. Alien: Covenant

Inspired by the imagery of Inferno, the first section of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, this poster for Alien: Covenant is twisted in its beauty, but also thoughtful in how the art that inspired it deals with the idea of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise (or heaven). The poster is a recreation of The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin, and once you see the original art, you’ll understand why this poster is so outstanding.


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