IMAX posters tend to be a little cooler than the normal one sheets because they're not the main marketing art for the movie. IMAX posters get to have a little bit of fun, and for many films in the last few years the IMAX poster has been the most memorable bit of art. That could be true for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We're proud to debut this awesome, intricate, Baroque poster, which is inspired by the work of Kris Kuksi.
Kuksi, who has apparently given his blessing to this image riffing on his work, which Guillermo del Toro describes thusly:
Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture in asymmetric compositions with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes.The political, spiritual and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.
Fantastic Realism is the genre in which he works, and writer Jen Pappas has described Kuksi's style as “a study in timelessness and intricacies, reminiscent of lost civilizations, deities and ruins – perfectly preserved.” All of that says Panem to me, a civilization built on the ruins of an old one, using the debris of the old to make something new and strange and screwed up.
This poster is grand and arresting, featuring the sort of image that you can look at for a long time, diving into detail. This isn't an airbrushed head meant to catch your attention fleetingly as you drive down the highway, it's a pretty great and unique piece of marketing designed to engage. I look at this poster and I remember when I wrote The Hunger Games off as more YA love triangle buillshit. I'm glad Lionsgate didn't, and that they're taking it seriously.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.